Magpies and Golden Years

There are different species of magpies throughout the world. I can't say if any are on the endangered list, but the magpies that live near my house certainly are not.

Oh, Oh. This story just took a left turn. My writing has been interrupted by gunfire. I mean artillery fire. My next-door neighbor is out for his Sunday morning, "fill the valley with the smell of victory". I love him like a brother, and he is a good guy to have around, in the unlikely (or likely) chance Vladimer decides to invade Northern Colorado.

This dude has a steel target mounted on the mountainside about three hundred vertical feet above his house. He lays in a horizontal position in his yard and aims for the target above him. I'm not sure what he is shooting, but I can recognize that it is big; really big.