Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Birds of a Feather

We've got us a red tailed female hawk. It's nest is in a high tree, down in the valley, right below our home, which--wonderfully!--brings it to about eye level when we're standing at a window or on the porch.

It's got the acclaimed high shrill scream that sends chills down your arms. I'm not sure if you can see the red on the tail of the hawk in the last picture. Look closely.

Here are some trivia about them:

  1. They soar with as little flapping of their wings as possible.
  2. They feed on rodents, small animals, certain snakes, lizards, fish, and other small birds.
  3. They're also called chickenhawks, which if you have chickens is not a good thing! 'nough said.
  4. They're visual acuity is believed to be eight times better than humans.
  5. They're used for falconry, easy to train, but in 3-4 weeks can revert to its wild state.

I love having birds on our property.
One of the thrills of spring is listening to the birds twittering and chirping their lovely voices at the world.

Helpful Hints:
Reheat Pizza: Heat it in a non-stick skillet on top of the stove. Set heat to medium-low and heat till warm. Keeps crust crispy, not soggy.

Easy Deviled Eggs: Put cooked egg yolks in a zip-lock bag, seal, mash. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing till it's mixed thoroughly. Cut tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg. Throw bag away when done. Easy!

Expanding Frosting: Whip the container of cake frosting with your mixer for a few minutes. It can double in size. More frosting, less sugar & calories per serving!

I have an ounce more faith than I do doubt, and that's enough to tip the scales.


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