So fellow travelers, high winds and wintery winds chills grounded an intended birding expedition yesterday.
The morning was not a total loss, as the Cornell Ornithology Lab has a 24/7 hawk nest camera as well as several BOGs (birder on ground) who were livestreaming from various locations. Through their lenses I got to watch ospreys fishing, two Great Egrets hunting by a large pond and a good assortment of ducks and returning small birds. One of the BOGs captured a shot of Ezra snatching a grey squirrel right off the ground for Big Red, his mate at the nest.
Still, given a choice I’d prefer my birding encounters to happen in person.
So I was thrilled to hear a familiar high pitched call and catch sight of a beautiful red tail hawk sailing over the trees along the road where my dog and I went for our afternoon walk. As it turned and headed towards the woods, I caught a glimpse of a successful hunt. This haiku landed in my thoughts as I headed home with a grateful heart.
Wings flash red tail waves
squirrel’s sacrifice dinner
for a nesting mate
Editorial note: The photo shop “paintings” are created from Cornell Ornithology Hawk Cam photo files used by permission.
Walk gently on the path my friends and may adventure find you ready