posted on Sep, 9 2011 @ 05:56 PM
I think I am getting everyone's missing crickets. I have never seen so many in my yard and now they are in my garage and even getting into the
house, where unfortunately for them, my cats and dog find them. Our frogs also made a return. We were missing them the past couple of years.
What is new to me this past year, and my dad who lives near Washington DC is agreeing on, is the presence of huge, and I mean HUGE birds of prey.
Sorry I can't be more specific but other than knowing they are not vultures, I can't really say what they are. He thinks at least a few of his
sightings have been of eagles. They are all large, but vary in size, with the largest having a wing span that has to be at least five feet from wing
tip to wing tip for them to look so big from a great distance. And I'm being conservative on that estimate for the ones I saw earlier today, when
driving into the shopping center. They are circling over heavily populated urbanized areas now. To me it's a sight to behold because as a kid I only
ever saw such birds on nature programs on tv, and always had the impression such birds could only be found soaring over majestic cliffs. Even when I
stayed in rural areas and when I first lived here fifteen years ago, I didn't see anything larger than very small hawks, and even those were
extremely rare sightings to make. I guess I first started noticing these birds around this time last year. And this is something I would notice
because it is the kind of sight that takes my breath away, to see the birds from nature specials soaring right overhead as I'm driving along.
I don't know what impact, if any, they would have on the smaller songbird population, but I'd like to know if other people have noticed a return of
these kinds of birds to areas that previously haven't has such sightings in decades.