No folks, that light post is standard make and model, several feet taller and bigger than the elves' post. I mean, this bird could swoop in and pluck Chubbers right out of the yard.
I had mixed emotions as I looked at this bird of prey. The first of course being that it couldn't be real, my roommate just put a rather large decoration on the light post, you know, because Halloween is only ten months away.
The next feeling was a slight uneasiness. Like standing at the edge of a cliff and looking down into the endless depths below. It's pretty darn cool to see a bird of this size! I thought the black birds in this neighborhood were rather large, but this guy makes them look like mice...tiny ones. Then there was the uneasiness of seeing a creature look ALL THE WAY around itself without moving it's body. Notice here in this photo, his head is on backwards! I may be naive, I have never claimed otherwise, but I honestly never thought I would see this type of bird in front of my house, or ever in my life unless I paid money. I tried to roll down the window to take a better picture, but it finally sensed my presence and flew off.
That brought on the next feeling, fear. This bird was somewhere nearby, any moment he could swoop down, unprovoked, and attack. I'm no coward, my main problem comes from not wanting to look like one. You know, like when you think a bug is crawling up your arm so you slap your arm only to find a piece of hair sitting there. How does one handle the prospect of a face off with this beast with any amount of dignity?? No, it's best to avoid it. So I went quickly inside, let Chubbs outside to fend for himself and made my lunch.
I am, however, happy to report that both Chubbers and I are safe and sound.