Monday, February 25, 2008

Predator

Jib describes when his Edenic view was disturbed with momentary natural violence:

So as I watched a dozen or so mourning doves out my deck doors, it came as a great surprise to see a hawk of some sort flash into my field of view. It took every bird back there by surprise. It plucked a mourning dove off the top of the arbor and as quickly as it came, it was gone, scattering the rest of the birds with it. Since that little bird nook has been so tranquil over the years, I was stunned watching it.
Not that I'm any great bird watcher, I've noticed a dramatic increase in the number of hawks in the last couple of years. Perhaps one of my readers has some idea why the increase in their number?