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  • Right outside my office window there's a wooden fence. As the winged ones land, I photograph...right through the window! I waited years for one of these birds to land.

    Five or six leave each fall and one nesting pair returns. (I still wonder how they figure that out!) They returned a few weeks ago. Their nest is in the tree across the street. I can see them as they land and take off.

    I thought it was a Peregrine Falcon until a week ago. After recording the call, I tried to find a match on one of the sites that has audio of birds. None of the falcons had this call. So I sent a photo to The Cornell Lab for Ornithology. Turns out it is a Cooper's Hawk.

    In any case, it doesn't really matter what its name is. One day last summer...even though in the middle of a virtual meeting...I had to excuse myself to capture this beautiful creature in the rain!

    This is their evening call...haunting, rather piercing. In the background behind the smaller birds.

    Sometimes I pretend that the background sound is a creek. But it's actually the highway which is quite apparent when the wind is just right.

    [Photo by Barbara, Backyard, Minneapolis, Summer 2011]
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