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My First of January First was a beautiful Red-shouldered Hawk!

Leslie Koller
Sikeston, Missouri


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From: "Robert Fisher" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Sunday, January 01, 2006 5:43 PM
Subject: 1st bird of 2006


> There is a tradition among subscribers of BIRDCHAT that subscribers post 
> the first bird each  has seen on New Year's Day. My first bird was a 
> Red-tailed Hawk, seen as we entered the parking lot of our church.
>
> "It gets curiouser and curiouser," Lewis Carroll might say.  I somehow 
> managed to drive the entire two-mile distance from my home to the church 
> without seeing any other bird before I saw the hawk. Later, my wife and I 
> drove from the church to an Indian Restaurant in Overland Park, KS for 
> lunch. I was no longer on the lookout for birds and managed to drive 7-8 
> more miles on I-435 without noticing a bird. Then a Red-tailed Hawk flew 
> across the road, followed by a second Red-tailed Hawk. I began to look for 
> birds again. The next bird I saw was a fourth Red-tailed Hawk. My first 
> four birds for 2006 were all Red-tailed Hawks!
>
> What does this mean? There must be something auspicious about it. Come to 
> think of it, the word "auspicious" is derived from the Latin words avis + 
> specere, which mean "to look at birds."  See 
> http://dictionary.reference.com/wordoftheday/archive/2005/12/11.html.). 
> This unusual New Year's Day event must be an omen of some sort.
>
> The only precedent for my experience that I can think of is the founding 
> of Rome by Romulus way back when. According to legend, Romulus and his 
> twin brother, Remus, engaged in a bird watching contest to divine which of 
> them should found the city. Remus saw six vultures, but Romulus saw 
> twelve. The city has ever since been called "Rome," not "Reme."
>
> Seeing four Red-tailed Hawks seems to me to be less portentous than seeing 
> six vultures, much less twelve. Maybe I am supposed to found a new city 
> park, or perhaps a McDonald's on the corner. It's hard to say.
>
> In an effort to divine the meaning of  the four Red-tailed Hawks, I have 
> turned to rhyme. Unfortunately, 5 minutes of intense effort at rhyming 
> produced only more questions. Here they are:
>
> What's a Red-tail for
> but to soar?
>
> If God made sky
> so he could fly
> really high,
> just what does he do
> in the blue?
>
> Which brings me to the following message for all of you:
>
> May your hopes soar and your skies be blue in 2006.
>
>
> Bob Fisher
> Independence, Missouri
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