MERCI: This is what the sky looked like when we started to walk Jan yesterday morning.
MARCUS: Do you see them? They were all around us, flying low, a small convention directly overhead and over nearby houses. They were alternately flapping and gliding. We think they were hawks but have never seen one up close, especially not from the underside, so we're not positive.
Update: We've been told they are vultures searching for food.
MERCI: Marcus was anxious to get walking but Jan just stood there gawking at the big birds circling in the sky.
MARCUS: We have seen these birds circling from a distance in the past but never so close. I could have almost leaped high enough to catch one.
MERCI: They were low, just over the roof of our house. Jan tried to run us back inside. Marcus kicked up a fuss. He attempted to run out the door when Jan grabbed the camera and closed us inside. Did he ever holler in protest!
MARCUS: It served her right that when she got back outside they had disappeared. She turned off the camera and was reaching for the door knob when they returned.
MERCI: She turned the camera back on and discovered she had accidentally hit the button that turned off the LED screen and she didn't remember which button would turn it back on, so she just aimed the camera in the general direction of several birds at a time and clicked the shutter.
MARCUS: I'm glad they finally flew away so Merci and I could have our walk. Sam and Buddy missed this. They preferred to sleep in Monday morning.
MERCI: One day you'll be an old dog, Marcus, and you'll want to sleep in too. It must be a guy thing. I'm older than all of you and I was up and raring to go. I did not, however, throw a temper tantrum like a certain big-eared dog did when our walk was delayed.
MARCUS: Well, I was starving. We don't get breakfast until after our walk. And I didn't throw a tantrum, I voiced my displeasure.
BUDDY: Could you voice it a bit more quietly next time? It was hard to sleep through all that caterwauling.