Maybe it’s a pandemic thing, what with humans huddling away more, but the big birds have come back. Turkey buzzards and Canada geese are pretty common most of the time, it seems, but other large birds have been putting in an appearance around here lately. Perhaps the most spectacular are the bald eagles. My wife and I saw a couple on election day. (I’ve been a lifelong believer in signs, as much as I try to deny it.) We were out on a rare errand when one of them flew right over our car. A couple days later I saw one out the window while I was at work. My home office has a window that looks out over a small local park. There are trees and a creek runs through it. The eagle was likely keeping a look out for fish.
This past week, however, the activity stepped up. On a bleary-eyed Monday I sat in my office chair thinking that there were five whole days until I could relax again. Mondays are hard. I glanced out my west window and a bald eagle was heading straight toward our house. I got a good look, but didn’t have time to grab my phone for a photo. Two days latter, as I was getting through my email, a flash of wings caught my attention. A great horned owl swooped up into a tree across the street. Since the leaves are down, I had a chance to grab some binoculars and get a good look. It was far enough away that a photo would’ve shown only a blur. I should’ve been working, but sometimes you simply have to stop and look.
On Thursday, again in the morning, a broad winged hawk came and landed on the large electric wire that runs down my street. The electric (I presume) cable is quite thick and sturdy. With the binoculars I could see the bird’s claws gripping the twisted contours of the cable. We regarded one another for some time. We’ve only lived here for just over two years but I sit in that office nearly every day and I’d not seen such a slow riot of predatory birds. As I said, I tend to take things as symbols. I don’t always interpret them correctly, of course. One thing that makes me glad is that seeing a bald eagle around here, at least for the time being, isn’t such a rare sight. And I think I know what it means.