Wednesday, March 4, 2009
This afternoon, flying high on the thermals rising (no doubt from the political oratory) from the state capitol building, a huge hawk circled and floated. Occasionally some smaller bird would flutter its way up and harass the larger foe, but the hawk just floated a bit higher, as if not to be bothered. It was an enormous bird, larger than any other I have seen around here. You often spy hawks throughout Forest Acres and along the river, but this one would have rivaled an eagle in size. He seemed to glow like burnished bronze, though sometimes the sun went right through his wings (lighter brown). He didn't appear to be hunting, though no doubt he is a scourge upon the squirrel population on the grounds of the capitol and nearby university. They are majestic, beautiful raptors and I love to watch them.