Behold! the Red-tailed Hawk of Nauset Light

Just as I was turning to leave Nauset Light the other day, I spotted this GORGEOUS Red-tailed Hawk perched high on a phone pole at the very bottom of the hill.


It was obvious, she was looking for some dinner in the small bramble-covered mound between her and the Light.


I have always been intensely drawn to Red-taileds.

I love their eyes, their intense focus…


The way they waggle their head back and forth when they see something of interest nearby.


Their glorious feathers and yes, even those powerful yellow talons so perfectly suited for snatching up small prey.


I have always felt a deep sense of calm whenever I see a Red-tailed perched on a rooftop, swooping up to a tree or soaring over the highway.

Somehow, when I see them I feel as if everything is okay, or will be soon.

And as I stood there, fresh off my visit to the Light…


I couldn’t help but wonder if this might be the Red-tailed Hawk of Nauset Light…


Charged with watching over this great beacon who herself has been the ultimate protector to countless sailors and pilots all these many, many years.


I guess I like to think that somehow the Light and the hawk, and all the hawks of her line…


Are watching over one another.

Alert and steadfast, assured of their noble purpose, their place in this world.


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