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30 November 2019


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The Twisted Genius

I came upon a large, female red tail hawk in my backyard today. As I was coming around back, the crows were raising a ruckus. As I passed between the deck and the gazebo, there she sat at the base of some hollies. I'd say she was two feet tall or so. She didn't take off until I was less than 20 feet away. She flew to a low branch of a crabapple tree. I had a straw broom in my hand and tapped the branch next to her feet before she took off. The crows stayed in contact as she eventually made her way out of my woods.

She was magnificent, but the smaller critters and birds in my backyard are under my protection. The hawks do get a few mourning doves over the Summers. Circle of life.I also set out seeds and suet and throw out a couple of hand fulls of peanuts to the squirrels and crows every morning. I put out apples and carrots at dusk for the deer even though it's illegal to do so in Virginia during hunting season. Screw dat. Ya can't hunt behind the houses anyways. I've gotten fairly close to a small herd as they feed.



I have never fed a deer. Just shot a good many when I was a kid and killing things seemed a worthwhile activity. I sometimes have hawks and falcons in the yard. They take a dove or two. Nature's way. If you remember I had three immature black vultures in the yard this summer for a couple of says. Floor done?

The Twisted Genius

I do enjoy having the wildIife nearby. They are joyful companions. Still have the main entry and the downstairs half bath to do. The hard parts are done. Closets were a bitch. Took yesterday and today to do all the yard work and work different muscle groups. A welcome respite. Going to set the Christmas tree up in the family room-kitchen area this year since the living room is where I stage my cabinets and flooring.


Left a donation on behalf of the hawks.


Went out to feed them. It's raining a bit. They thank you in their mute unknowing way.

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