Red-Tailed Magic from Above

I had the nicest surprise yesterday morning.

And all I needed to do, was look UP!


Driving through Harwich Port, I spotted two Red-Tailed Hawks perched way up high on the church steeple.

I’d seen Red-Tails there at Pilgrim Congregational Church earlier in the summer, so it’s a habit to always check the spot when I drive through Port.


And today was the day I got treated to them once again.

The sun was warm; its early morning rays providing the perfect backlighting for the pair.


I could see their feathers, some individually, blowing gently in the sea breeze; so soft, so elegant.


And as I walked around the church, if I hadn’t known better I’d have thought the two of them were not even aware of my presence.


But I do know better.

Red-Taileds see everything.

While one of them was busy scanning the environment, looking this way…


And then that.


The other was as intensely occupied with some preening.


And I don’t mean just a little preening…


I mean, a whole lot of preening!   😉


But make no mistake about it, even when Red-Taileds are grooming or eating or hunting, they still notice everything.


When I see them gazing around their world, I know they are watchful; waiting for something to move, something that might even be tasty.


My, I sure was glad to see the two of them again, to know that they are both alive and well.


And as I turned to look upward one more time at the pair…


I said a “Thank you!” to them both.

For because of them, my Labor Day celebrations had already begun!!  😉

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