juvenile coopers hawk in the grass The Saga
Rufous and Henrietta Hawk

Chapter 1

The Season Begins

February 27: The Season Begins

Jay tap-tap-tapped on the bedroom door and slipped back inside to wake me. "They're here!" he announced. I knew immediately that Rufous and Henrietta had returned, and I couldn't get downstairs fast enough. Of course they were gone by the time I got to the window.

An hour or so later, I was about to leave for work. Looking out the patio window, I watched six great egrets fishing along the canal. Many grebes were also swimming and diving in the canal, so fishing must've been good. My eyes traveled back up the bank and up the trunk of the closest cypress tree. About midway up, there was the still, silent silhouette of Rufous! The hawks indeed have returned!

Rufous Surveys the Stick Situation

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