I saw him as I rounded the bend in the road.
It is really just a slight incline that opens from the small forest that borders our little island of homes. It is a pleasant enough bend in the road as we rumble along to the main street.
I have noticed him several times recently, but, had not expected to see him right them.
I slowed down, engaged the emergency flasher on my car, and watched, hoping no one would drive up behind me.
There he sat, a prince perched on a lofty branch, surveying his principality. He seemed to stare at me, daring me to open my window on a bitterly cold day – so, I did! No sooner had I clicked – or whatever it is that a cell phone camera does – when he swept upward, exposing his red tail and underbelly, executed a brief half circle, then soared across six lanes of interstate traffic before he dipped onto the small hill of opposing vegetation, then swooped up to a tree on the other side, prey in his talons. Phew!
Luncheon was served.
As I engaged my still mocha colored VW with a latte interior, eyes on the road ahead, what to my wondering eyes should appear, but, another red-tailed hawk! This one was atop a light pole, and did not wait for me to capture his likeness. He just lifted up and across, following the west bound traffic on the other side before disappearing from sight.
It was a good day.
I won’t attempt to write about the silly sparrow who chose to shop at the grocery store!