A Birches student and his father arrived today to water the Birches garden. At first they saw hay bales in the field near the garden. Then they encountered a juvenile red-tailed hawk sitting on the curved branch above the garden gate! The hawk is a friend to gardeners. He preys on animals that eat garden vegetables--chipmunks, mice, and rabbits. The hawk seemed almost tame. He let the boy and his father come quite close before flying off to a nearby tree.