Wow! I was just jolted awake at 6:00 AM by an incredibly loud noise and a frenzy of barking from my little dogs and crazy clucking from my chickens. I really thought someone must be in my yard yelling (which is way out if place because our place is gated and fenced and hidden in the bush) so I did the only logical thing I could do.. I ran downstairs and outside in my underwear to check it out. All of the chickens were gathered by the front door behind a big planter.. the dogs bolted out the door and Buddy was chasing chickens every where.. Buddy disappeared around the corner on the tail of a super crazy clucking chicken and all of the rest of the girls ran for cover under the huge ivy leaves growing up the hill behind our house.. suddenly.. the terribly loud noise again.. an ear splitting screech and the loud beating noise of a 5 foot wingspan from a red-tailed hawk as it took flight from the top of the mahogany tree next to our house above my head.. I panicked.. I ran around the corner looking for our little dogs. Screeching, the hawk circled high above the house and landed in the huge kapok tree in front of our house. The chickens were going crazy in the bush and the dogs were missing. I ran onto the deck looking for Buddy and Bonnie in the yard.. no where to be seen.. I looked up at the hawk waving my arms back and forth.. it wasn't eating my dogs or chickens.. a good sign. I paused for a moment and the hawk stared straight at me, she bobbed her head up and down. What a beautiful bird.. she spread her majestic wings, screeched again and flew off.. her screeches echoing down the mountain valley towards the ocean.. she disappeared and I found the dogs upstairs hiding inside the house. The chickens were still going crazy for a couple more minutes before they chilled out... and now I am wide awake super early on Saturday morning.. time to make some coffee :)
Theresa and Aaron
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