Unexpected, this encounter – piercing golden eyes a coat of mottled feathers, a new visitor to our river – not sure who is more startled.
A rustle, a song chick-a-dee-dee-dee my heart thrills black cap and grey back he branch hops delightful antics chick-a-dee-dee-dee my camera snaps. (Granny Shot It
(Featured image is watercolour interpretation of the photo above.)
Elegantly attired, he arrives, focused on an afternoon feast – garter snakes hiding in bushes – hadn’t counted on human presence, interrogates me with hawkish