While I think of it - as I walked home yesterday, my mind said, "That sound is new - merlins!"
Then my other mind retorted, "How do you know it's merlins?"
A small hawk came speeding up the strip of sky between the street trees, and I thought, "See? It is a merlin!"
Then my other mind retorted, "How do you know that's a merlin?"
Another one perched in the top of a spruce across the street and let me take a good look. I checked out some pictures just now - definitely a merlin. How did I know? Beats me.
There was an owl calling last evening, too. Great horned, I think.
This evening, not even a sparrow.
middle of the road
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