I started my hike in the hills at first light, the first thing I saw was a small dead fox, a coyote kill I suspected but I wondered why it wasn't devoured, I examined it and moved on past the Girl Scout camp. I thought the image above was so funny, I wondered if this hawk had seen all those eagle finials on flag poles and felt a little left out.
The weather was cool and breezy, perfect for walking.
Here's a secret I know about the deer, once they get hitched they're like any other married couple, he carries her purse, follows behind without a word while she prattles on and on, blah, blah blah, right Buck, "yup".
Snakes are making a big showing lately, I see one nearly every day, I know nothing about snakes except the important facts, the important facts are, which ones are rattlers and which are not, this is a nice snake probably a gopher snake, gophers may not agree on my opinion here. I must add rattlesnakes do their own good work with the rodent population, they are shy and don't want to bite, just watch out you don't step on one and it's smart to keep your dog in check, leashed is safest.
I came across a bird bomb, a pile of feathers which I inspected and collected, a downed Northern Flicker probably taken down by a coopers hawk. I have to say I felt sad finding it, the feathers were near the nesting site I saw this spring, the couple raising chicks. The part that thrummed at my heart strings was that the mate was staying close by and calling, awww shoot. Fickers are just that, flickery, flitty hard to even capture in pictures, I took one of the mate that was flitting from bush to bush in a circular pattern around me, calling to no bird. I know, such is life, seize the day, lessons from the trail.
When I finished my hike a couple of hours had passed I walked back out and looked for the little fox, it was gone now, all except the tail which I stuck in my pouch. Coyote got his meal and I got the inspiration I came for.
Have a beautiful day all, xoxo Ro