When I arrived to work on campus the other day, I immediately heard a shrill, repetitive call in the air. Initially, it sounded like the shriek of a seagull; a long call, somewhat plaintive. As I walked up the gravelly walkway leading to the book arts studio, I realized the call was coming from nearby to my left, and indeed - there upon the concrete wall above the set of stairs to the lower parking lot, sat a rather disgruntled looking grey hawk.
I was amazed! I had never seen a hawk so near on campus. I had certainly seen them from afar alighting in the tall trees that ring the campus perimeter, but never so close that I could almost touch it.
A few days later, it was confirmed that the hawk in question is a Swainson's Hawk. In fact, someone on campus related that it swooped down to snatch a mouse right in front of a group of onlookers. And nearly every day I hear it crying above us in the trees.
It seemed delightfully relevant then, that I've just finished a batch of my Keen Observations books. This is an older design that has been sitting on my to-do shelf for ages. But they're finally ready. Available now in the Tiger Food Studio shop. Click here for link.