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northern horizon caught my eye immediately. The binocular showed it to be
a lone ring-billed gull, but far behind it
was a string of twelve more, leisurely
winging in my direction. Scanning that
quarter of the sky soon revealed another
bird coming my way - a big hawk, one
of the buteos, but too far off to identify.
I put down the binocular and looked
up just in time to see a pileated woodpecker approaching from the direction of the river. He was far from any
woodlands, and his flight was strong
and direct, with little of the typical
woodpecker bounding. As he passed,
the binocular revealed every detail of
his scarlet crest, streaked face, and
flashing white wing linings.
By that time the oncoming hawk was
much nearer - it proved to be a redtail.

Off to the left, with the river as a backdrop, soared another redtail, a perfect
specimen with rusty tail outspread and
gray-brown wings stiffly feeling each
elusive updraft.
Before two hours had passed, I had
spotted a flock of whistling swans
going upriver, another redtail, two
broad-winged hawks, and an osprey.
Also more ring-billed gulls, six turkey
vultures, several flocks of mallards,
some fish crows, a few bluejays, and
innumerable flickers, redwings, grackles, meadowlarks, barn swallows and
assorted sparrows, the latter on short
neighborhood flights. Some of the birds
must have been miles away, invisible to
the unaided eye and some too far off for
positive identification even through the
binocular.
An occasional passing airplane
broke the spell. Then, before starting
homeward I trained the binocular on
the distant highways that follow both
sides of the river. Sunday afternoon
traffic dotted both routes with steady
streams of antlike autos, and I could
imagine the weariness and frustrations
that were being spawned in that distant
manifestation of progress and civilization. "Pleasure driving" some call it,
but watching from high on a hill under
April's broad blue sky I didn't feel I
was missing a thing.

Golden Anniversary
To celebrate this golden anniversary of the column's launch, Gone for the Day will
appear in Game News throughout 2016. In order to accommodate the column, some of the
magazine's content might appear only online. This month, subscribers can go online to
read The Naturalist's Eye, in which columnist Marcia Bonta writes about golden-winged
warblers. We hope you enjoy that column, as well as the return of Gone for the Day.

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