Robert (gurdonark) wrote,


Yesterday I went to my doctor for a check-up. I've been going to the same doctor for years. It had been years, though, since my last visit. I was pleased to realize that nothing requiring a doctor has happened to me in the past three years. I like the part when they take x-rays. I don't like the part when they draw blood. Things went well, I think, but we'll wait for the various fluid analyses to return.

My wife noticed we had a little hummingbird flitting around the blossoms on a backyard plant. Most hummingbirds here show up only during migration time. This is a huge contrast with our time in southern California, when we had a resident group who lived in a large pine tree. These birds regularly dived to night-blooming jasmine and at one another. It was great to see a little migrant here last night.

As I drove in the alley last night towards the street, I saw a medium-sized hawk standing on a neighbor's wooden fence. As I pulled closer, I realized it had a bird in its talons--I thought it was a dove at the time, but now wonder if it was a mockingbird. As the hawk saw me approach, he turned, and took flight, bird in hand.

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