Tuesday, May 17, 2011

We interrupt these posts about New River, to bring you a dumb.

The other day, I was sitting in the park around the corner from RAPTOR.  Not a great day weather-wise, but a nice place to get my paperwork done before picking up the birds for a program.
There were plenty of birds to listen to....towhees, cardinals, a parula, and the high thin whistle of broad-winged hawks.  If you think you've never heard a BWHA, think again.  You might have just thought, "Oh, that's some songbird".  Their call is very un-hawk-like:

Have a listen.

So I'm enjoying the avian ambiance when I notice something on the roof of the shelter at the end of the parking lot.
Huh.  Too big to be a leaf.  Looks....sort of bird shaped.
Aw, hell.  Is that a hawk???
(For the record, it really and truly did look like a headless hawk)


I squinted hard.  And then my mind turned it into an injured broad-winged hawk.  A hawk that needed my help, by Gawd!

I took a few photos of it, then got out of the car to plan my next move, namely how to get on the roof.  
I was just about to try and drag a picnic table across the lawn when I stopped.  Wait....it didn't have feathers. It had a .....husk.

corn husk

Oh snap.  It's corn.
I was about to risk life and limb to climb onto a roof to rescue corn.


corey said...

It is about time that roasted vegetables get an advocate. Corn has no mouth with which to speak and is often left abandoned, sometimes in holes, with no means to return home.

Susan, I commend you for your compassion.

Dave Dorsey said...

My hero! :)

Heather said...

Are you sure it's not a chicken? ;)
That's hilarious.

Wren nests in... said...

Don't feel bad: I thought it was a duck head...

(Seriously, look at that first pic! It's the underside of the head, bill to the left.)

NCmountainwoman said...

Funny how we decide what something is at first glance and sort of forget about the other possibilities. Although, in truth, an ear of corn would never cross my mind. Glad you didn't risk life and limb.

Anonymous said...

It could have been carried up there by a African swallow. I mean, if it grips it by the husk or under the dorsal guiding feathers....

Julie Zickefoose said...

It's the thought that counts. Keep that rescue instinct sharp; it's not going to hurt to rescue a corn now and then.
Love it!

RuthieJ said...

LOL Susan! I would have done the same thing! Glad you got a really good look before climbing up on the ladder.

Patricia Lichen said...

I'm with Wren! I thought it was a duck's head too!