Red-tailed Hawk Story – Farewell to Beautiful F2
I have said that the beauty of nature, animals, and birds is one of the only ways that love truly reaches me these days. Even when it’s terrible. This past week put that to the test.
On the evening of July 7, BOGs reported that the Fs were flying low across Tower Road chasing squirrels. An F hit a Rice Hall window and died from blunt force trauma. If you wish to hear Karel’s recap of events, click here.
We know it’s “nature” and we know life goes on. Some people can process the loss with a scientific distance. I do not begrudge you that if that is the way you are wired. Ok, maybe a little sometimes.
There was initially some confusion whether the F who died was F1 or F2. And at first I INSISTED that it was F1 and only realized later that I had idiotically not taken certain characteristics and lighting issues into account. I made a real ass of myself about it too. Right now, none of that matters. We lost F2, and this is farewell to a beautiful young bird – fierce and aggressive like her mama, but still vulnerable. We think of you with love and with appreciation in our hearts for your life. Watching you grow up, fledge, and play with your siblings for the short time you were with us gave us great joy. Fly free forever.
One of the last videos of F2. From Karel’s stream on July 4. (See the entire original feed here: http://livestream.com/karelsedlacek/events/4174324)
Below graphic by GhentArt. Click on picture to see this full-size on Flickr.
“..our little brown-eyed girl..in her short life had the good fortune to have Big Red and Ezra for parents so she never knew cold, hunger, or what a predator was. I shed tears equally regardless of what number followed the letter F.”