Early Friday afternoon, a red-tailed hawk perched for a minute on top of the Monroe County courthouse weathervane in downtown Bloomington.
It could have been surveying the work that’s being done to renovate the Alexander Memorial on the southeast corner of the square.
Or it might have been keeping watch over the brigade of bicyclists who were cycling north on Walnut with signs that read “ON STRIKE For Union Recognition”—organized by the Indiana Graduate Workers Coalition.
Or the hawk might have chosen to sit atop the iconic weathervane, with its famous fish, as a kind of reminder: Downtown Bloomington is part of the natural world, too. Earth Day falls every year on April 22.
It might have been the stately bird’s way of wishing Monroe County a Happy Earth Day.
[Updated on the day after Earth Day (April 23, 2022): The hawk returned to its perch atop the courthouse on Saturday morning, when skies were not overcast. Photos below document the hawk’s post-Earth-Day visit.]