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?