Bitten and Smitten by Birds 2


(Apologies to Michelle Rowen for perverting her title.) Anyway, here’s my latest feathered visitor. This big fella settled in our backyard this afternoon, scaring off all the small birds he was hoping to feast on. If anyone knows exactly what type of hawk he is, let me know. I know we have sharp-shinned and redtails and coopers in the area, and in the winter rough legged as well as a few others, but I’ve never figured out which type this is – and he’s a regular in my backyard. I don’t think it’s a sharp-shinned – they’re a fairly small hawk and this guy is huge!

**Edited: According to one of my mother’s friends – and a former teacher/principal at my old grade school – this is indeed a sharp-shinned hawk. If he’s the smallest of the accipiters, I wonder how huge a Coopers Hawk must be.

I had a really nice day yesterday – I confess I skipped the Romance 101 course with Barbara Kyle in the morning – I decided to indulge myself with some much needed sleep. But I dragged myself out of bed finally and drove into TO (That’s Toronto for all you non-Torontonians) to have lunch with Amy, Christine and Wylie before the monthly TRW meeting.

In the afternoon, Michelle Rowen of Bitten and Smitten and Fanged and Fabulous, along with Bonnie Staring talked about ‘Schmoozing for Writers.’ Bonnie in her usual upbeat and self-deprecating manner had us all in stitches – together they made a great team. And surprise surprise, during a segment about elevator pitches, I managed to remember my 25 word pitch I used in Dallas.

And best of all I found ‘a source’! An anthropologist with a minor in linguistics – just what I need as I write the story I started for NaNo. Now if I can just get my creative juices flowing again.


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