Charlie Bertsch (cbertsch) wrote,
Charlie Bertsch

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It rained all day Wednesday, the lightest, nicest rain -- almost like I imagine Hawaii to be -- that you've ever seen. I had the windows open all day and never had to run the AC, since the temperature stayed below 80 F.

Around midday, I heard the distinctive keening of a hawk. We've had this family of Harris hawks around our "catchment basin" -- dry lake, most of the time, though not now -- for the past week or so. They are beautiful -- and huge -- but also a source of anxiety because of our tortoises, who are daytime creatures.

Since the sound was so close to our backyard, I went out onto the patio to check. At first I saw nothing. Then I spotted two hawks sitting on the roof of our "wife-beater"-wearing , cigarette-smoking neighbor, the anti-social one who lives next to that graduate student behind us.

I enjoyed the sound of the rain and watched the hawks for a minute.

And then an Oro Valley police officer came creeping around the corner of the house and looked in the patio door, then went around to the other side, oblivious to both me and the hawks.

I didn't see him again. But a police car drove up a few minutes later.

Could the hawks have triggered the alarm? Or was it my alarm that did the triggering?

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