Rick’s ankles are nearly mended so we took a hike in the lower area of Hot Springs Mountain. The temperature today reached 103 so I was happy we got out early as the heat was fierce by the time we headed home at 9:00 am.
The lovely little Squirrel with the bobbed tail was searching for her breakfast as we entered the park. I love a morning in the Forest that begins with seeing old friends. Further into the park another squirrel watched us closely from a leafy Tree. A female Cardinal surveyed the city from her perch in the park.
I had never seen so many Mockingbirds in a single day, they were everywhere. A male Cardinal in a bush watched closely as two Mockingbird chicks navigated a ground takeoff. The adult Mockingbird with the hooked beak sang several melodies to us from the top of a favorite Tree. Multiple Mockingbird chicks were flying back and forth testing out their winged skills and then chirping for help from mom or dad. Juvenile Mockingbirds tried out their newly found song abilities, although it only came out as tweets and pips. It was a gift from Nature to see these beautiful families.
As we were leaving the park a young Squirrel kept peeking a me from behind a Tree and I took it’s photograph. I was about to leave when it jumped to a closer Tree and again nut in mouth peeked at me. As always it was a wonderful morning in the park.
Don’t forget to get put and play with your friends :o)
Love to ALL,