Recently, I wrote about the death of one of my pigeons. By "my pigeons" of course, I mean the pigeons that hang out in my neighborhood and eat in my yard. My naturalist friend Kevin was pretty confident that the killer was a hawk -- even though I wasn't able to get any hard evidence at the time.
Well, now I have. This last week, after something spooked and scattered all the birds in my yard, I took this picture of the culprit, perched in a tall tree across the street. That day he flew straight threw my yard, even pausing for a second in the cherry tree by my front deck. Since then, we've seen him perched on the post of our front steps. He's definitely staked out the neighborhood as his hunting grounds. With breeding season coming, I suspect the crows are not going to be happy about that.
Earlier this month, I attended the Seattle Kennel Club Dog show, and spent several hours watching my second favorite sport -- Canine Agility. I love watching the dogs run the course, and one -- this Afghan -- was especially striking.
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