Rainy at the MCC

Sean had an idea about two months ago that it would be interesting to walk the length of Clark Street, from Howard at the north end to Chinatown at the south. The entire route is about 12 miles and goes through many neighborhoods and ethnic communities. I signed on and so did a few of our friends. We set the date for today, but alas, the weather decided not to cooperate. We woke up this morning at 6am, ready to catch the red line up to Howard for a start time of 8am. I looked outside and found a steady rain drenching everything. At 6:45am, the walkers agreed the trip was officially rained out.

Since we were up so early on a weekend, we decided to go catch some breakfast at the Plymouth Restaurant and then go over and watch the MCC birds for a bit. When we got to the top of the garage, we both zipped our coats – very windy and chilly. But, at least it wasn’t raining.

After about 5 minutes, an adult flew in from the east carrying a rather largish black bundle. It looped around the back of the jail and landed on the south side of the Board of Trade annex, unfortunately completely out of our sight line. Bummer. A few minutes later, the other adult came out of the nest and headed south.

We stood up there for about a half hour. Both adults came in and out. Finally, one disappeared south and one north.

Last year, both adults spent more and more time out of the nest as the chicks got bigger and bigger. I figure the MCC chicks might be around 26-30 days old at this point, which means we should see more of Max and Herc.

Anyway, good to see them this morning. Still have to get those male leg bands though!


~ by Steph on May 26, 2007.

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