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The image is a detail from a painting by Louisiana artist Jack Meyers (1930-1994) entitled The Rainbow Store. I added a a bit of Nostalgia tape from Tim Holtz, a banner of numbers on the right and a gear and shank button at the top of the tag. Gel pens were used to edge the banner and the edge of the tag.
This morning I went outside to add food to the bird feeder, and before I was even out of the door I could hear the call of a Sharp Shinned Hawk. As I approached the feeder, the call was very loud, and I noticed he was perched on the edge of the roof, just as he took off, still calling. Right after that I caught sight of a second one coming from a tree on my right. Evidently they were planning on dining and I interrupted them. Originally I thought that it was a Red Tail hawk which was attacking the birds, but a couple of weeks ago, the Sharp Shinned hawk landed at the edge of the yard long enough for me to mark and identify him (or her). They are smaller than the Red Tail and mostly eat small birds, sometimes as large as the Bob White Quail. Their wings are designed for ease in darting through tree limbs to chase birds on the wing. I think it's a pretty bird, but I am a bit startled at how unafraid they are by hanging out so near the house. Well, in this case, one was ON the house! So I guess that I better get used to having these around. I'm sure I will see more of them as winter comes on and food becomes more scarce for it.