LINDY - Have a great weekend! I hope that ' they ' will soon find out what ails you.
In reply to Clare:
Clare: R.T. Hawk and his mate are still here. R.T. flew above me when I walked up the hill to town to the little general store the other day, and I said hello to him.
I haven't seen them as much because they've been roosting back in the flood plain along the creek. They used to roost in my tall pine tree across from my front door, but they've moved back further into the woods on the other side of my house. The old pine tree had shed some limbs during last winter's blizzard. That may be why. Also, human encroachment may be a factor.
My nearest neighbor at the beginning of the lane has a hunting gun and may have spooked them. He had to quit his long-time job due to health issues, and he's home more. Also, the pub on the highway has been busier and noisier. (I hate that pub.)
The hawks may be a little wary of the new Black Vulture species that has moved into this area. Black Vultures will take prey; they don't settle for eating carrion. They're very large and intimidating looking birds who've moved in from the south (probably due to climate change). Unlike the hawks, the Black Vultures travel in flocks.
In the woods, there's a breeding ground for snakes along an old railroad trestle, and R.T. loves to eat snake. He and his mate nest back there, so I reckon they've just decided that it's a safer, more remote place to be. They still fly over my house all the time, and R.T sits in an old locust tree behind my garage a lot. They had at least one offspring make it to adulthood this year. I watched him when he fledged and was learning to fly. I haven't seen any squirrels this summer, so I suspect the hawks have been hunting my land.
I'm glad the hawks have moved back a little bit. My neighbor now has a a few chickens in a small coop, but much of the time the chickens run around wild. I'm afraid of what the neighbors might do to RT and his mate if they were to raid the chickens, so it's probably a good move for the hawks. I'm glad to hear that you've booked for your next holiday! It's so wonderful that you and Limpy enjoyed this year's journey. I'm going to sit down and peruse your photographs more slowly after I've met my freelance deadline. You are such a talented photographer.
Been on the big beach -- Bonnie had just rolled on a disgusting rotted dead fish, here. We had to drive back to base with all the windows open. My OH has washed her with doggy shampoo and now they're sitting outside, drying off!!
(Good job it's sunny today!)
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In reply to CC:
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ANNETTE – I saw a report that 90 rattlesnakes had been hibernating under a house in your part of the world!!! I’d be too scared to step outside.
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