Mid summer the leaves are lush and birds are often hidden from view and butterflies are scarce. It is a joy to spot a variety of winged beauties on our hike. A Little Yellow (Sulphur Butterfly) is perch on a twig at the trail edge. High above us a Mourning Dove sit on a bare branch and a molting red Summer Tanager sings a trilling tune. Near the end of our hike we catch sight of a Blue Grosbeak catching a green caterpillar for breakfast.
Have a lovely day and get out and play!
When I was raising my son in the 80’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was a very popular cartoon. So when I saw this little guy my brain said “Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo or Raphael?” This is the first time I had seen a baby box turtle on the trail in the park. Best of all I know why this little being was there for us to see on our morning hike.
Thirty seconds prior to my spotting our little ninja turtle we startled a hawk on the trail. As it flew away there was a muffled plunk sound. When we arrived on site a stunned little turtle was running for cover. They are a lot faster than their bigger counterparts.
Witnessing all the chaos was a semi well hidden chipmunk (spotted by my husband). I got one photo and she was on her way. We have seen many large raptors this year on low branches, logs, and lifting off from the Forest floor. I would not stay out in the open long if I was a small being.
Happy Trails ♫ ♪… and Love to ALL!
Melting in the heat and humidity of the Rainforest is a cleansing experience. Toxins leave the body and Soul with each drenched step up the mountain side. I am bathed in the light rising up through the Trees as the sweet song of a Scarlet Tanager revives my Soul.
Ever wonder if the Forest is looking back? Check out the Whitetail Deer photobomb photographs. Even though I took clearer images of the second Deer it made me realize how much I likely miss when I am hiking. I think the Deer with the antlers is a doe not a buck based on size and herd group.
Love to ALL!
My husband and I were finishing our hike early this morning when we heard a Hawk call. I often reply as the Red-Tailed Hawk as is the only call I have mastered to a small degree. In this case it turned out to be a Blue Jay pinging the avian network to see if there was a Hawk in the area. A nice trick to make sure the Forest is clear for small bird flight. Why Blue Jays imitate Hawks
At the bottom of the hill a fellow hiker was staring up into a Tree. We slowed down to avoid scaring whatever she was viewing. There was a large nest up in the pine with an equally large bird rustling around. There was a debate as to Owl or Hawk until I got a look through my lens.
Yes, it was irresistible and I tried out my Hawk call skills. After a couple of tries it hopped onto the branch above the nest. Scanned the sky then began grooming. Another call and it look right at me with a direct but curious stare. After an extended 15 plus minutes photo shoot we left for home. These are my first close-up Hawk photos…