No, it is not really cold as the hip kids in Jr. High used to say when it was cold and windy,
“The hawk is out today…Hit the right the hawk is out.”
The hawk meant it was cold and windy, hit the right was a reference to telling the truth in court. The hip kids, who we all tried to emulate, may have had a more intimate relationship with court than the un-hip kids.
Anyway, today the hawk was out for real.
Though we live in suburban New Jersey, we have quite a bit of woods and a nearby river that does attract lots of wild life. We have squirrels, chipmunks and rabbits. We have lots of birds and occasionally see deer crossing the road and a pair of Bald Eagles over the river. Local “Ring” doorbells often catch a coyote and that gets people very excited.
Today I peeked out my kitchen window and staring at me from a tree was a large red tail hawk.
There are many different kinds of hawks, and I often joke that when I see one it is a red tail. Makes me seem like I know my birds, but in reality most hawk sightings are too far away and too high to make a clear identification…plus the only hawk I know is the “Red Tail” thus that is always my identification.
This hawk was clearly a red tail as he was large and HE HAD A RED TAIL!
Now I like my chipmunks and rabbits. I even enjoy squirrel watching when they stay out of my eaves, but a close encounter with a large hawk is kind of special. The hawk did soon fly off, but was seen swooping a few times. I sense he is lurking.
I do not expect to see any rabbits, chipmunks or squirrels for a day or two. They seem to know when to lay low. I’d hate to see the hawk grab one, but then the hawk has to eat and live too. I would hate to never see one of these beautiful birds again.
Do you root for the small ground creatures to avoid the large bird, or do you want the large beautiful bird to eat and survive as well.
Nature is hard when it is not just on TV.
I don’t know who to root for, I love them all…I guess I will just let God sort it all out.