Kickass Eagle at the Feeder

Kickass, the doorstop dog, reports that the keeper is declaring himself and Phyllis winners of the bird feeder competition by dint of a visit from a mature bald eagle.  Well, the eagle did not exactly visit the feeder but it landed in a tree near the feeder and eyeballed the corpse of a squirrel that had been killed and partially eaten earlier near the feeder by a red-tailed hawk. A noisy murder of crows signaled the presence of the eagle and when it perched over the feeder there was a mad scramble for cameras.  The results show that Phyllis won, her shots being sharp and dramatic.  But then she is a pro. The keeper, on the other hand, got some really nice close-ups of a variety of tree branches and one usable shot that showed the eagle was wearing a band on its left leg, and displayed the eagle’s characteristic expression of disapproval, which the keeper interpreted as an assessment of the current political circus.  So it is over—this miserable winter’s bird feeder competition; and Phyllis and Bill will accept congratulations on their winning, which will stand until a dodo bird shows up at somebody’s feeder with a tweet from the White House.  It could happen!

(See for more Kickass and news of the novel MARGARET’S WAR.)


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