But then the silence was broken by the cawing of crows, all their families and friends. Why were they up so early? Answer: my husband looked out and saw a HUGE hawk perched on the fence. A definite intruder, at least according to the crows.
By the time I got back to the window with my camera, the hawk (could it have been an eagle?) had flown away. and so had the crows. Well, at least I didn’t hear them. All was still again. Solitude reigned again.