Friday, January 24, 2014

Urban Snowy Owls, French Chocolate and a Holy Lifer

A quick update on Birdingcouple's doings ... and the doings of birds....

We KNOW that the winter of 2013-2014 has been a historic irruptive season for Snowy Owls. But who would have thought one would have shown up in downtown DC, right near the Washington Post building at 15th and L streets? It is apparently feeding on rats - of the rodent, not human, kind. There are a lot of both in the nation's capital.

We apologize for the quality of this pic and those to follow. A BlackBerry camera is better than nothing sometimes!

Warren travels once in a while with Secretary of State Kerry - and misses Lisa terribly when he does! It's mostly work, work, travel, travel, sleep, but there are fleeting moments to look around:

This is an amazing chocolate shop in Paris - W didn't even take a pic of the ginormous choco gorilla - not far from La Madeleine. Yes, that is a chocolate Christmas tree - with marzipan ornaments. Yum!

The next day, during a brief stop in Rome (well, actually, the Holy See), I spotted a bird that looked very much like a Herring Gull, but with a different mantle and bright yellow legs. Thank you, Lord - a life Yellow-Legged Gull:

And then home to the Princess.


Peter Kaestner said...

Great owl! I wish I were around to see more of them. We're having a Spring-like January in SW Asia. Best, Peter

Dave said...

Yea! Lifer! Always a good thing, no matter where you are.