Vacation Day Seven. I got up around 7:00 this morning and headed over to the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve for my walk. It was lovely outside: in the 50’s, sunny and breezy. There wasn’t a lot to see this trip, but the walk was really nice. My favorite photo of the day was of a Starling perched outside of its nest hole. The picture was hard to get because the sunlight was right behind the tree where the Starling was (which made everything look black). The dark bird in the intense shadow was hard to see, so I had to open up the iris of the camera to let more light in… which then washes out the bright background… I got photos of a Red-Shouldered Hawk nest, and I could hear mama hawk screeching inside of it, but she never lifted her head up enough for me to get a picture of her. There were a few mule deer around, but they were all napping in the grass, so I got photos of the top of their heads. Hah!
I also got some good shots of coyote scat that I’ll use in my next “Cool Stuff on the American River” book. Naturalists get excited about stuff like that. Hah-2!