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May 3rd, 2009


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10:44 am - hawk on a streetlight
Last night -- well, last evening, just before sunset -- I looked out my kitchen window and saw a flash flash flash of white on the rise, a glimmer of feather in flight.

The hawk, for that it was, rose up sharply, then came down on top of the pole of the mercury-vapor streetlight which stands by my back garage.

(I believe it was a red-tailed hawk, but I could be wrong.)

It was huge, this hawk -- or so it seemed to me from behind the glass. White settled into brown feathers, talons clamped on wood, and a cruelly curved beak came down... from which dangled something long and wriggling. The snake, ack! I'd seen sunning itself in my side yard a few days ago, perhaps.

Sunset on feathers, a ruffle of wings, a further bite down: hawk on a streetlight, bathed in red.

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From:paratti
Date:May 3rd, 2009 04:00 pm (UTC)
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Excellent.
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From:laurawise
Date:May 3rd, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC)
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Thank you thank you, L -- and Sunday hugs, too!
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From:julia_here
Date:May 3rd, 2009 05:35 pm (UTC)
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Perfect description of a redtail; now that street lights are all hooded to focus the light downward, they've taken to using them to hunt right-of-way and median strips, especially. I saw two in their usual places on our way to Nordie's yesterday.

Julia, shoe shopping at Nordtsrom's is the way all life should be.

Edited at 2009-05-03 05:35 pm (UTC)
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From:laurawise
Date:May 3rd, 2009 06:42 pm (UTC)
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Here in my small town the hawks --and owls -- have become a very, very visible and audible presence of late. Or perhaps I'm only now paying attention. ;-)

Hugs, joy, and happy shoe-shopping! :-)
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From:gwynnega
Date:May 3rd, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC)
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Eek, snake! But the hawk sounds beautiful.
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From:laurawise
Date:May 3rd, 2009 06:41 pm (UTC)
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It was a stunning sight for a Saturday evening in the subtropics, I'll just say that!

I'll also say [hugs] and [good thoughts for your Sunday], too. :-))
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From:headrush100
Date:May 3rd, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC)
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It was a beautiful image, right up to the..... meep.

*hugs!*
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From:laurawise
Date:May 3rd, 2009 07:36 pm (UTC)
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Yes, I thought it was beautiful too until the snake. But then it was real. ;-)

Hugs and joys outside your window, A!
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From:mobile_alh
Date:May 3rd, 2009 09:01 pm (UTC)
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I never think of hawks are living in your climate...lovely image.
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From:laurawise
Date:May 3rd, 2009 09:07 pm (UTC)
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The subtropics -- or at least the Small Town Where I Live -- is chock-full of birds and animals I wouldn't expect to be here, either. (Black bears, for instance!)

Hugs, ALH, and wine and yarn and cool birds in your garden. :-)
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From:mobile_alh
Date:May 3rd, 2009 09:02 pm (UTC)
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erm...the one disadvantage to the free account is the inability to edit my typos as blatantly displayed above. Sigh.
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From:laurawise
Date:May 3rd, 2009 09:07 pm (UTC)
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[pets you]

[pours you a glass of something nice]
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From:anne_d
Date:May 3rd, 2009 10:27 pm (UTC)
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Lovely descriptive writing. I can see it.
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From:laurawise
Date:May 3rd, 2009 10:42 pm (UTC)
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Thank you so much, A -- and I hope your sunset today is a gorgeous one! :-)
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From:wildrider
Date:May 4th, 2009 05:11 am (UTC)
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Oh, awesome. I love watching the red-tailed hawk hunt.
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From:laurawise
Date:May 4th, 2009 10:06 am (UTC)
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It really was an awe-inspiring sight -- the hawks are ever-present here these days, but I hadn't seen one quite so present.

Hugs and a good Monday!
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From:wildrider
Date:May 5th, 2009 12:27 am (UTC)
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Happy Monday! (Busy Monday! Which is good, actually!)

*HUGS!*
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From:pinkdormouse
Date:May 4th, 2009 05:16 pm (UTC)
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Beautiful!
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From:laurawise
Date:May 4th, 2009 05:26 pm (UTC)
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It wasn't something I'd ever quite expected to see from my kitchen window, let's just say that! ;-)

Hugs and a happy Bank Holiday!

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