July is the birthday month for both myself the 4th and my husband the 16th. So we celebrate our special Soul Day on the 10th of July. This year we took an early morning hike and were blessed with the beauty of seeing many beings in the Forest.
Breakfast was stuffed in the mouth of a chipmunk as above a pair of warblers (Vireos I think) collected nesting materials.
A lovely Whitetail Doe pick at us from the brush then stepped fully out into the open. We did not want to startle her as it was clear she is nursing at least one fawn. She turned several times on the trail pausing to eat and then leap up a small rise. I sprinted down the trail once he was gone to a rock look out and saw her in the ravine below with a fawn and a juvenile Doe.
Near the end of our hike a flash of red in the pines alerts us to the presence of a family of Summer Tanagers. A vibrant male in transitional colors, a tiny buff green chick and a female in her green.
It was a perfect start to our Soul Day!
Love to ALL!