This Chicago lakefront series features a juvenile Snowy Owl -- Bubo scandiacus, a Peregrine Falcon "guest" appearance, and a poem by Loren Eiseley.
At first i wasn't sure why the owl struck a defensive pose, but when the action is on questions often have to wait...
cue "Winter Visitant" by Loren Eiseley:
'This owl, white-winged upon my chimney top,
One with the unseen presences of air
Has come through winter with a single stop
Upon the blizzards from his Arctic lair.
He knows the shifting forms that moisture takes—
The freezing crystals of the upper void.
He scans indifferently the falling flakes
That make his world; his hunger is not cloyed.
The city is not real to him at all,
He takes it for a perch upon the blast
After a meal of field mice, and will fall
Asleep a moment, judging it will last
Firm for an owl’s claw till the time he’ll flit
Up through the dark, and let snow cover it.' ~ "Winter Visitant" by Loren Eiseley, 1943.
The cause for alarm, a Peregrine Falcon -- Falco peregrinus...
A male. Some residents are less welcoming than others.
'Suppose we did our work
like the snow, quietly, quietly,
leaving nothing out.' ~ "Like Snow" by Wendell Berry, from "Leavings", 2010.