As I walked through a local nature preserve I could hear the Blue Jays overhead squawking and circling in the air. A signal that a Hawk was nearby and they were attempting to get her out of their territory. Funny to think a bird so much smaller could wield such bravado, but they do. I spotted the Hawk and followed her as she flew through the air, coming to land on some bushes only 10 feet from where I was standing
She jumped from bush to bush, not quite settling down with all the noise from the Jays
Until she finally flew off for good
When I returned home I spoke with the man that oversees the preserve who told me he calls the Hawk Gracie- she lives in the preserve and has become used to the people that walk the trails and is not bothered by their presence. I was in awe to have been able to stand so close to such a beautiful bird. I hope to see her again on my next visit.