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Little Crum Creek is full of eyes.

Here a sharp-shinned hawk intently spies an often frequented backyard feeder.

For a moment, having twisted left, then right, to face the brief alarm of three vigilant crows, the hawk’s gaze meets ours.

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Then, attending again to the feeder, the hawk suddenly descends in full intent of vision upon some hapless bird–a sparrow perhaps–who probably never saw it coming.

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A Sharpie stands on one leg over Little Crum Creek,

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a small bird in clutch,

 

 and soon takes cover in the evergreen

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for a long leisurely meal.