Yesterday I took Gracie and our farm dog Pepper out on a walk. I love walking the back field paths. It’s typically peaceful and relaxing for me. For Pepper and Gracie, it’s heaven. They run and sniff and roll and dive in the creek plus there is a host of things to smell.
I had just put a new pedometer app on the phone and had stopped to manipulate it when I looked up and saw a HUGE bird in the sky. Pepper even took notice of the bird and ran and jumped towards it. The bird swooped and circled and swooped and circled some more. It was just wonderful to watch. As it swooped closer I got a better look at it. It was huge and dark and after an even closer swoop, I realized it was a bald eagle. I was marveling at as it continued to circle, amazed that there would be a bald eagle right here on the farm while I was walking. It was amazing.
The bald eagle continued to circle and swoop and I stood there in awe watching. Then I started to check the trees…maybe there was a nest…after all we are only a half hour from the “famous” bald eagle nest in Decorah, Iowa. I looked to see where the eagle was swooping and circling…I didn’t see a nest.
The eagle continued to swoop and circle, swooping down lower each time. I was still captivated, watching him flap and glide, circle and swoop when I realized that the bald eagle was probably hunting for food. Then I looked out to see what it could possible be hunting. That’s when I saw this….
I ran as fast I could towards Gracie….and what does Gracie do? She runs further ahead of me! I started flapping my arms and making a fool of myself trying to deter the eagle from thinking my dog looked like a fine meal. The eagle swooped and circled again. I continued flapping and yelling..Gracie of course didn’t pay any attention and just kept sniffing on up ahead of me.
The eagle then flew out towards the field and eventually away.
Maybe I am just paranoid after my son told me about a youtube video that shows an eagle taking down a deer, but I truly believe he had plans on catching Gracie. She is only a 13″ beagle and a small one of those…A perfect size for a supper.
We continued to walk…it wasn’t long before we came across a woodchuck. At that point, I decided that my heart had a big enough work out for the day and it was time to
walk, run hurry home.