Hawks and Buffets . . .

I kept my phone in the bedroom last night in case I got an early call from AT&T. As it was I got up at 9am to be ready when they called.

And they did call about 10:30. But instead of giving me the promised 1 hour heads up, I got 10 minutes. Typical of Ma Bell.

It took me about 25 minutes to get up to my client’s house, where I found the technician still outside at the circuit box checking things out. But after checking out the line, and replacing the DSL modem inside, we still could not get an Internet light.

So by 11:45 I was back on the phone with AT&T Tech Support trying to work out the problem. But after another hour on the phone, and running a lot more tests, on my end and theirs, she gave up and bumped us up to Level II Support. She said they would call me within an hour.

Since my client was leaving town tomorrow, and needed Internet access today, I took the hour to head back to the rig to get my Verizon Aircard and Cradlepoint router. Since I’ve recently been using the park WiFi with good success, I haven’t been using my Aircard.

So I used my Aircard to plug into their router and get all their machines and network printers back online. They were happy, and it took some pressure off me to this problem fixed immediately. They’ll be gone 10 days, so hopefully, AT&T will be able to figure it out by then.

Finally, about 3:45 I gave up on hearing back from AT&T within “one hour”, and headed back to the rig.

Jan had a fun day with her bird feeder. It seems like every bird in the area showed up.

Birdfeeder 1

A little bit of everything here.

But a little later, all the birds suddenly disappeared. And then she saw why.

Another feathered visitor was checking things out.

Galverton Bay Hawk 2

Galverton Bay Hawk 3

I guess this Coopers Hawk (I think?) thought this place was a bird buffet. But he doesn’t seem to have dined this time.

About 5pm Jan and I headed up to Nassau Bay to pick up our granddaughter Piper so she could accompany Jan and our friend Maria to play Bingo down in La Marque. Piper, Jan and I ate supper at Monterey’s Little Mexico before Maria picked them up about 6:45, and I headed back to the rig for a couple of hours.

Later I drove down to La Marque to pick them up about 10pm. No luck this time, although the lady next to them won the $750 jackpot, and our friend Maria won $200.

Maybe next time.


Thought for the Day:

Vene, Vidi, Vacuum.

I came, I saw, It sucked.

With credit to my sister-in-law Sherry



5 Responses

  1. Its hard to get an idea about size from your photo, but I’m leaning more towards thinking it might be a sharp-shinned hawk. 🙂

  2. Thanks Judy. Pretty, isn’t he. Greg said when he came home the top of our rig was just covered in birds, with dozens flying around. Guess that’s what got the hawk’s attention! What you don’t see in this picture are the many grackles, a pair of doves, and sparrows (I think). One of our cats almost fell off his place in the window jumping at the birds as a bunch flew over. Just love it.

  3. Judy,

    I knew it was kind of a toss-up between the two, but I took a shot.

    Online it says they have very similar coloration and are often mistaken for each other.

    I didn’t see it, but based on the size of the bulkhead it’s on, I think it’s about 16 to 18″ tall which would make it an extremely big Sharp-shinned Hawk.

    So I went with a Cooper’s Hawk.

    But you may be right.

    Jan says she made a direct to the blog comment to you about this.


  4. I love those parrots! They look fat and well fed! Wish we were there, it’s HOT here…80 degrees plus!

  5. Jeannie,

    If they’re well fed, it’s certainly Jan’s fault.

    The high here was 49 today, but it was sunny.

    The low tonight is 30.


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