I was standing at the kitchen door that leads out onto the patio. A grey piece of fuzziness drifted down from the hopseed tree. And then another, more obviously a fluffy feather.
And then another!
And more, a veritable shower of feathers, not just downy chest fluff, but primary feathers as well. We stepped out the door to see who was plucking what up in the tree, and a small hawk flew away, leaving an avalanche of feathers hung up on the twigs and leaves.
An inspection of the feathers:
Delicious, crunchy fresh cedar wax-wing.
Why couldn't it have been one of those noisy, pesty mockingbirds?