A few days ago I shared a collection of photographs featuring the hawk family that recently moved into our neighborhood. Today I have a few more. The stately raptors are evidently attracted by the plentiful variety of available woodland creatures.
I miss the constant traffic of the other birds around our feeder, but I can hardly fault their reluctance to hang around in such an exposed venue. At the same time I’m thankful for the significant inroads the hawks are making into the (destructive) squirrel population.
The hawks never stay for more than a couple of months, and once they’ve trained their gangly, less graceful offspring they’ll be off until late spring in 2017.
The variety, according to the North Carolina bird book we keep on the kitchen table, is “Red Shouldered Hawk.” They have an impressive wingspan (especially when they swoop through the back garden directly in front of the window), beautiful coloring, and a magnificent aspect – proud and imperturbable – when they perch on our fence.
The encyclopedia describes our hawks as “mid-sized.” But to me they’re huge! What impresses me most is to see them fly at high speed through the dense backdrop of trees, narrowly missing limbs and branches via deft aerodynamic adjustments.
It’s impossible – well, it’s impossible for me – to observe creatures such as this and not be challenged to think about the scope, the wonder, the order, the design, and the implications of such a complex creation.
I guess mainly, though, its wonder that touches my heart and my soul. I am amazed, and grateful, to live in such a world, a world bursting with an inescapable testimony to its Creator.
TERRORISM AND SIN: At the same time, in a relentless rebellion against love, it is people who – in a seemingly unquenchable torrent of hate – consistently introduce destruction, and malevolence, and evil, and cynicism, and horror into the world God has trusted into our care.
He has told you, O mortal, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God… – Micah 6:8
We cannot allow ourselves to respond in any way other than to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with God – DEREK