Just saw something really intense. Woke up to head down stairs for the morning rituals and study. Window in stairway looks into alley. See rabbit whose tracks I had observed in the snow last week, sitting still. Strange to see this forest/prairie/desert/mountain dweller sitting there silently in the orange half-light of a Soulard alleyway. Strange, considering the city. Watching this rabbit for 5.. 10.. 12 seconds.
Before it can really register, I see shadow of something ... Bird... swipe across the wall of the adjacent home. Rabbit takes off frantically, instantly. Through our thin window, I hear the scratching of claws on pavement , and rabbit makes it just out of the alley into the street as a massive owl silently picks him off the ground and ascends back into the night. This all took 2 seconds. My mouth just hangs open.