But once in a while, one is compelled to sit up and take notice.
At the beginning of the week, we were driving home from the dentist and were within about 5 miles of the house. I was looking down because I was reading to Richard while he drove, and suddenly he says:
Wow!!! Look at that!! That’s an eagle!!!
Huh? What? What?!! AN EAGLE!!! Where!!!
I look up and catch a fleeting glimpse of a large, dark shape passing overhead, and now it is behind the car, and so I turn around and lean over and sure enough, I see the classic white head and...
Woah! It was an eagle all right.
Yesterday morning I was driving home from town after my aerobics class and the trip to the post office to get the mail, and as I turned down the frontage road to home, about a half-mile from the house, I saw flying toward me, at about tree-top level, a large dark bird with a white head, and my heart began to beat just a little bit faster and as it got closer it turned and flew over the trees. And I stopped and watched it until it flew out of sight.
This was probably the same bird we saw earlier in the week. Eagles do winter over in this area -- in fact, I went on an Eagle Watching expedition with the local Audubon Society many years ago -- but seeing one this close to town is not that common.
Very exciting indeed.