The first thing I noted about the bird was its blue-gray back and its large size, then I noted the long, pointed wings and long tail - and I experienced an eureka moment - it's a peregrine falcon I said to friend Doak Harbison who was sharing the blind with me.
The sighting was in Botetourt County, Virginia, and I can't remember the last time I had glimpsed a peregrine in my home county. I will look for this predator the next time I go to the cornfield.
One of the best things about being an outdoor writer is that when I go fishing or hunting, I am always going birding at the same time. Birding enriches the overall outdoor experience for me.