Daily Archives: April 2, 2014

Bainbridge police blotter, April 2

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The following items were taken from Bainbridge police reports by reporter Ethan Fowler. For more blotter, visit bainbridgeislander.com and click on Bainbridge blog link on the right side of the screen.

April 1

Malicious mischief: A 26-year-old Seattle man returned to find all four tires on his vehicle were slashed while it was parked at Blakely Harbor Park. The man parked his car at 1 p.m. and returned at 6 p.m. Each tire had a 2-inch cut in the sidewall. The estimated damage was $500.

March 31

Identity theft: A 55-year-old man reported that he received a call from the Internal Revenue Service that the U.S. government agency had received his $4,000 tax return. However, the man hadn’t filed his tax return yet. The man volunteers at the Archdiocese in Seattle, which has been tied to a nationwide tax return fraud.

Found property: A 70-yer-old man found a cellphone on the street outside the Bainbridge Business Park on Day Road. The cell was inoperable, the keys were heavily worn and the frame was nicked.

Identity theft: A 49-year-old woman reported when she tried to file her joint tax return for her and her husband that the Internal Revenue Service rejected it. She was informed that some information had been compromised by work with the Seattle Archdiocese.

Theft: A couple living on the 15000 block of Skogen Lane reported that the plot of land they recently purchased had some trees cut down without their authorization. They couple listed on the police report three companies that were approved to do work on their property.

March 30

Theft – shoplifting: A 45-year-old woman living on the 5200 block of Rose Avenue was caught shoplifting at a grocery store on High School Road. The woman was caught taking two bags without making an effort to pay for them. The woman, who said she’s “a little bipolar,” said she got distracted after going to the in-store Starbucks.

March 28

Protection order: With the help of a 66-year-old man’s wife, five firearms were taken for safekeeping from a house located at the 4400 block of Point White Drive. Four of the guns were rifles and the other was a pistol.

March 27

Bicycle theft: A 48-year-old man reported that his son’s 21-speed mountain bike was missing from some bushes that his son had left hidden at the intersection of Cambridge Crest Way and Phelps Road. The son, who forgot his bike lock that day, stashed the bike in the bushes at 8 a.m. and when he returned at noon the bike was gone. The report didn’t list the son’s age.

Birding on Bloedel: An unruffled red-tailed raptor

“A Year of Birding in Bloedel” is a column that runs every Friday in the Bainbridge Islander. The project is planned to continue in 52 parts through 2014 to help readers find and identify birds in the island’s garden sanctuary. Beginning with this entry on the bald eagle, each column will also be published  here on the Bainbridge Conversation blog each Friday. 

The author, Ted Anderson, is a retired professor of biology, having taught at McKendree University (Ill.) for 32 years and for the University of Michigan’s summer biological station for 20 years, where he frequently taught the biology of birds.

Anderson is also the author of “Biology of the Ubiquitous House Sparrow, from Genes to Populations” (2006), and “The Life of David Lack, Father of Evolutionary Ecology” (2013). Ted and his wife Carol have been members of Bloedel Reserve for seven years. They live in Kingston. 

Contributed photo Red-tailed hawks are a common year-round resident throughout much of America's lower 48 and Mexico.
Contributed photo
Red-tailed hawks are a common year-round resident throughout much of America’s lower 48 and Mexico.

Crows regularly mob potential predators such as hawks, owls or eagles that they discover in their habitat. The mobbing behavior involves numerous crows diving close to their enemy, sometimes even striking it with their bills and cawing loudly. This behavior may be responsible for a group of crows being referred to as “a murder of crows.”

Last Saturday as my wife and I walked down the path leading from the visitor’s center toward the birch grove, we heard a murder of Northwestern Crows expressing their intense displeasure at the presence of a Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis). The hawk was perched in a fir tree near the shoreline and seemed relatively unruffled by the persistent scolding and dive-bombing of the crows, although it did cock his head occasionally to maintain a wary eye on its tormentors.

The Red-tailed Hawk is a common year-round resident throughout much of the lower 48 and Mexico, and a summer resident throughout most of Canada and Alaska. Adults are predominantly brown on the back with cream-colored underparts, streaked on the belly with brown spots. As its name implies, the upper side of the tale is a deep rufous-red.

Small mammals comprise the bulk of the Red-tail’s diet, particularly mice, voles and rabbits. It hunts by soaring over open fields or grasslands, or by sitting on an exposed perch, to spot the movement of a potential prey. When a prey is located, the hawk dives through the air and attempts to capture it with its talons.

Look for this magnificent raptor soaring over one of the grassland areas at Bloedel, particularly on warm, sunny days when there are thermal updrafts. Alternatively, listen for a murder of crows to tip you off to the presence of this or another bird of prey.