After the hawk finished eating (squirrel? chipmunk? rat?!), it lifted and flew and then an even bigger, second hawk took off from a branch right above me and joined it, confirming my theory that this was a juvenile red-tail hawk because of its white front. But whoa! What a start to the day!
I love hawks, but they do interfere with my backyard bird watching because when they are around (and I suspect their nest may actually be in my yard), all the other birds lie low. The squirrels too literally lie perfectly still and flat against a tree branch--a funny sight for creatures that are seemingly in continuous motion. I'll have to see if I can get a picture of one some day.
I love having time in summer to run, to read, to crochet, and to eat delicious food!! Nothing says summer quite like bruschetta with homegrown tomatoes and basil and salty Parma prosciutto next to the sweet taste of melon.
All I need now is a little malvasia bianca (wine) and some torta fritta. Ah! Next summer perhaps.