Yesterday I spent four hours on the course birding with Jay Randolph and three members of the Master Naturalists club. We had a grand time driving all over in golf carts, avoiding golfers, and spotting birds. A total of forty species were seen. Highlights included newly arrived Purple Martins and a large flock of Fish Crows. We also saw an incredible display of flight when an accipiter took off after an unsuspecting songbird. They have crossed a lot of open space, over berms and sandtraps, twisting and turning. I have no idea what the small bird was. Everything was gray yesterday morning. But it did survive. I don't know that I've ever seen an accipiter fly like that over open space. A Peregrine after shorebirds, yes. But not an accipiter.