Hawk of the Walk


The wee woodland critters who gambol about these parts in fecund abundance made themselves scarce toward the end of summer, and a surfeit of predators seemed a likely cause... Sure enough, no sooner had the thought leapt to my mind than this handsome marauder descended into a nearby tree, from which perch he surveyed the yard with martial command.

A few weeks later I saw another hawk land on the sidewalk of an urban Interstate exit ramp with a limp pigeon in its beak, and yet another perching on a lamp post over the highway - it seems to have been a hawkish season.

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