This week's Civil War block is Hovering Hawks and Barbara Brackman explains the history of "jayhawks" in relationship to the War.
I had a "close encounter" with a red-tailed hawk around dusk on the way home from work. Mr. Hawk was enjoying his dinner on the side of the road and was not best pleased that this big strange thing was bearing down on his meal.
Mr. Hawk reared up on it's legs, wings spread, and beak open, giving me notice that I was an unwelcomed guest. I kept driving... if I had stopped, Mr. Hawk could have easily pecked at the door handle standing on the ground... maybe even the side mirror.
A pretty fierce looking bird...
...I'm not messing with this one's dinner!