The dunes that both dominate and influence the landscape along the length of the Trail harbor a number of green pockets where vegetation has not been swallowed up by the dunes. One such pocket today was the scene of an incredible predator prey drama that unfolded at Sleeping Bear Point. This oasis was alive with warblers ducking in and out of junipers and endless groups of 20+ jays that seemed to arrive at five minute intervals. A giant sand bowl rimmed the greenery and the fringe was dominated by ghost-like standing dead timber that had been strangled by the dunes long ago. The warblers, sparrows and orioles were attracted to the oasis…….but so were the predators. At one point, we counted four Merlins, three Sharpie’s, and one Coopers sitting and waiting patiently until the next flock of jays flew in to create chaos. The predators would hug the trunks and wait patiently and dart out at the last minute as birds were alighting or flying by. In the 45 minute drama that we witnessed, we did not see one successful pursuit. This “Coopers-shinned” Hawk landed just over our heads and seemed to want to intimidate us into leaving. We have changed our minds on this one ten times, slightly rounded tail suggests Coopers, slimmer build tapering to the feet suggests Sharp-shinned and it was a tweener at around 14 inches. We would love people to weigh in on this.