I had a royal battle in the sky over my yard today. A crow was taking violent steps against a red-tailed hawk. I have seen many attacks such as this, but this was the first time I actually saw feathers being plucked from the hawk's back and fluttering down. Margaret O'Bryan -----Original Message----- From: cccoe@xxxxxxxxxxx To: va-richmond-general@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Sun, 1 Apr 2007 8:38 PM Subject: [va-richmond-general] Wonderful in-between times Our backyard is still full of White-throated Sparrows and some juncos, but the change is happening. The Red-winged Blackbirds are about, the Chipping Sparrows have appeared, the Carolina Wren has chosen to build a nest under our canoe (again), and the towhees come up into the yard from down by the creek - an annual spring thing. The Barred Owls call and cackle and the male roosts in the holly trees most days. And each morning is noisier. Caroline Coe Chesterfield County ________________________________________________________________________ AOL now offers free email to everyone. Find out more about what's free from AOL at AOL.com.