Cooper’s Hawk, again

Patience (and luck) paid off. I was able to capture this beautiful bird just outside my office window as it perched around 6 meters (20 feet) away from me. It was good to see that the eye I thought defective is not.

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Cooper’s Hawk

This Cooper’s Hawk has visited my workplace daily for at least two weeks. When one feeds songbirds, one may also feed other birds.

I have unsuccessfully tried for these past two weeks to get a photo of this bird. Yesterday I was finally able to get this image through my office window.

So I did not notice before now that this bird may have a defective right eye. I will study it more closely to learn if that is the case. If it is indeed the case, that means it does not have binocular vision. If so, it is still an effective hunter.

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Sturdy.

The pickup turned over 143,000 miles this morning. That’s 230,136 kilometers. Not that far in terms of distance. It’s quite some distance in terms of time, reliability, and, well, companionship.

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It is a 1999 model year Mazda B2500. The 2500 denotes its 2.5 liter engine, which I learned many years ago is a little small to pull a 3000 pound vehicle. It has been a light duty truck best suited to hauling a few sheets of plywood or sheet rock, several 4×4 posts, what have you.

I had always wanted a pickup. This one fit my wants and wants, so I bought it – in 2000. It has almost always been the secondary vehicle which is why it has so few miles for its age. It still fits my needs.

It has some rust. A few dash lights are out, the a/c died years ago. And yet it has been a largely reliable partner for approaching 20 years. I might lift a glass and smoke a cigar to mark having such a sturdy vehicle for so long.