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Wednesday, August 9, 2023





I like to think of myself as an amateur bird watcher.  I am not a “Birder,” one of those crazy people who hike through the woods with shorts, a floppy hat and binoculars strapped around their necks keeping track in a little book of every new bird they happen to spot.

I am not one of those people, though it would not take much to flip me…I’m just missing the floppy hat and the little book.

Anyway, I am a bird watcher, not a “Birder.”  Got it from my mom who always had a “Birds of North America” book handy in case an unusual bird stopped by our yard. 

Last night I was prepping the BBQ for dinner with my friend Frog who was visiting for one of our periodic guitar butchery get togethers.

I heard a bird call of which I was not familiar.

“Kee Aw Scree…Kee Aw Scree!”

Frog heard it too and as he is another armature bird watcher whose mom had the same book; he came running outside from the kitchen.

“What is that?” he inquired.

“You heard it too.”


“Kee Aw Scree…Kee Aw Scree!”

“There it is again!”

“It’s not a song bird that’s for sure.”

“Definitely, some kind of raptor.”


“I have seen a small hawk around here from time to time.”

“I’ll bet it’s an immature Sharp Shinned Hawk.”

“Could be, or a Coopers, not much difference.”

“Kee Aw Scree…Kee Aw Scree!”

“There it is again, and it’s not moving, must be in a nest somewhere.”

I pulled out my phone, “Siri, show me the call of a Sharp Shinned Hawk.”

Over the phone came, “The Sharp Shinned Hawk makes a Kik Kik Kik call.”

“Well, it’s not a Sharped Shinned.”

“Kee Aw Scree…Kee Aw Scree!”

“There it is again.”

 “Kee Aw Scree…Kee Aw Scree! Wee, this is fun daddy!”

“Hmm, it is either some kind of small raptor, or your neighbor’s swing set needs some WD40!”

“Well, that was exciting…how do you want your steak?”

Like I said, I am an amateur bird watcher.





  1. I like to watch the birds too. Here in Idaho my favorite is the mountain bluebird. It's so beautiful. The ones I don't like? Starlings! Those things bomb dive you! - Did you ever figure out what bird it was?

    1. Not positive, but pretty sure it was the squeaky swing!

  2. Heeheehee! Yep, a unique bird.

    I like watching them, too, although I can only identify a very few.

  3. I'm betting it was the swing set!

  4. That made me laugh! Unusual bird or squeaky garden furniture? You choose!

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  6. When I was recouping from knee surgery a few years ago I spent my time in the recliner watching the birds coming to the feeder. It was January so not much else to do! I did get some nice photos though. I hear some strange sounds coming from our Creepy Woods and it sounds like monkeys to me but I'm sure it's not! Once walking in the same woods I heard a loud crash but it was only a dumb turkey falling from a tree. They are not the brightest bird in coup.

  7. Well, at least you don't have to worry about it pooping on your head.