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!! 😉