This week has been a week of wildlife sightings! We’ve been close enough to a number of deer to exchange email addresses. The truth is they don’t seem to see all that well so if you move toward them when they are grazing and freeze when they look up, it takes them a while to realize what we are – an animal not a plant. I am sure it is our smell that eventually tips them off.
As for snakes! Tall snakes, short snakes, snakes that climb on rocks. Fat snakes, skinny snakes – even snakes with chicken pox…well maybe not that last one. (But I know that some of you are singing the Armour hotdogs song right now.) Okay, well only two snakes but they were both on the trail ahead of me! One was a 4 foot black rat snake (hence tall and fat). The other was a small, little, non-copperhead, non-rattlesnake slitherer (hence short and skinny). Still squeamish around them but realize they are just as scared of me, so I am calling it even.
We’ve seen big toads, little toads, toads that climb on rocks (okay; I’ll stop). Newt, lizards, worms, snails. We’ve heard a veery (sp?) – we call it the UFO bird.
But what was the other I wanted to tell you about?…Oh, right. Now I remember! I saw a BEAR yesterday! It heard or smelled me first so it was already making a run for it but the sight of it stopped me in my tracks! Prairie Dog missed it because I was leading (as dragonflies are apt to do) and it all happened so fast. But all I can say is WOW!