Talk about excitement! Earlier today I caught a glimpse of the underside of wings, really BIG wings, going by and up over the top of our house. They looked white and the wingspread so big that I thought it must be an owl. But it is noon – why would an owl be out now?
About an hour later, a big SWOOP down just outside our property line in the open alleyway in the back. I couldn’t believe my eyes, as I scurried for my camera, which is always close at hand.
I snapped a couple of shots through the kitchen window, and then carefully opened the door to the deck, secured it from banging in the wind, and slithered out onto the deck to try for some better shots.
He was a bigger bird than I have ever seen around here – not quite as big as a turkey, but really big! I think it must be some kind of a hawk. Perhaps someone can point me in the right direction. I have all of the Audubon apps on the iPad, so maybe I can find him.
I couldn’t tell if he knew I was there or not, but he was hopping all around – not a cooperative subject at all. The posted picture was the last one I was able to get, and while it was writing to the card (a split second!), he vanished. When I looked up, there was no sign of him anywhere – not even up in the sky.
Must keep an especially close eye out there today. Maybe he will make another appearance. Wouldn’t that be wonderful?