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Standing Still

Updated: Jun 8, 2022

Cooper's hawk takes off from a backyard garden one early spring morning. Yellow daffodils add color to the brown bushes and lightly green grass. Photo by Katharine Donovan Kane
Hawk Flying Low in Backyard

The hawks were busy today. I caught the tail end of one raptor with my camera in the garden. Later in the day the crows were making a ruckus in the yard. Their cawing caught my attention and that’s when I saw both hawks sitting calmly in the crape myrtle. There was something different about them this time though. So I watched and I listened. Suddenly one hawk took off with a crow in its claws.

The whole interaction was so fast. No camera yet I have saved an indelible image in my memory. It reminded me of a few lines in American poet David Wagoner’s poem Lost when he wrote, “Stand still…wherever you are is called here and you must treat it as a powerful stranger…”

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