A strikingly different pair of treats today:
Me and my coworkers had so much free entertainment today! I noticed this peculiar bright red contraption that looked rather like a giant vacuum cleaner or wet-vac parked in the street from the window after I got to work this morning. Then, around 8, I noticed a peculiar, distant noise. Went to the window, and lo and behold--workers were using it to vacuum the roof of a building! I have flooding on my brain, alas, so I assumed it was water. But when my boss got a glimpse of the proceedings after she came in around 9, she thought they were vacuuming up the layer of pebbles that cover the roof. And so it was...though at the rate they progressed for the duration of the day, it will take them over a week to do the whole building. It was so fun to see the dump-truck below (also bright red) get filled with rocks, and the men add white extenders to the black tubing as the day progressed, so they could reach farther and farther. Too much free entertainment right from our department windows!
I've noticed that spring is when I see them the most, as they head up the Mississippi from farther south in the state where they passed the winter. Doesn't matter how often I see them, it's always a thrill.
It was indeed! They're back at it with the vacuum this morning.
It was neat to see one so very close, and from the comfort of my own home! I've spotted them flying over my place a handful of times over the years, but that was far and away the best and longest 'show.' =)
They're out running the huge vacuum again already! (I do feel bad for the people under the roof or in the nearby towers--it must be quite noisy for them, if I can hear it clearly here.)
Oh, the crows are wise to stay above it, though the eagle doesn't seem fast enough to be as much of a threat as some of the hawks I've seen getting harrassed. It's the time of year--nesting, and Bald Eagles aren't above grabbing a crow egg or chick. It is funny, because in early spring the crows drive all the big birds crazy with their attacking, and then in late spring the little songbirds are always attacking the crows, for the same reason!
(Don't get me going on birds, dear sister-in-law! ;)
Thanks for posting the photo of the big red monster vacuum. It is BIG!
I love the bright red color. What a fun diversion.
Wonderful on the Bald Eagle. What a treat. It would have been something to get a movie or photo of him. I can't believe how many you seen them.
They were out there again Tuesday, but it looks like they might be done with the vacuum now. It really was a treat!
I know--and I'd just put my camera back in my workbag, too! But they don't uusally hang around that long, and I'd have missed most of it if I was off getting the camera. This certainly seems to be the time of year to spot them!