Lots of Deer and Some Red-Shouldered Hawks, 12-03-17

Around 7:00 am, I headed over to the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve. I saw a LOT of deer today.  The bucks are still chasing the does around, and the does with fawns were all hanging out in another part of the preserve waiting for the boys to calm down. Hah!

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There must’ve been a lot of testosterone in the air, because I saw one of the little fawns trying to mount his mom!  Hah!  She just shrugged him off… I also saw one deer with that looked like a REALLY bad case of mange; it looked scabby and sore all over. Poor thing.

The other highlight of the day was seeing a pair of Red-Shouldered Hawks working on their nest. I watched as one of them flew back and forth with twigs, and then watched the other one rearranging the twigs in the nest.

I walked around for about 3 ½ hours and then headed back home.

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Mary K. Hanson is a breast cancer survivor who, at age 61, took coursework to become a Certified California Naturalist. The author of “The Chubby Woman’s Walkabout”™ blog, Ms. Hanson has also written nature-based feature articles published in regional newspapers, authored over ten books, including her "Cool Stuff Along the American" series of guide books, and has had her photographs featured in books, articles, calendars, on the American River Parkway Foundation’s Instagram stream, and even the White House blog. This year Ms. Hanson is helping to launch and teach a new Certified California Naturalist course through Tuleyome, in partnership with the University of California and the Woodland Library, so members of the public can themselves become certified as naturalists in the state. All of the photos seen on her website were taken by Ms. Hanson herself (unless noted otherwise) with moderate- to low-end photographic equipment more easily affordable to the everyday nature enthusiast. She also occasionally leads photo-walks through the American River Bend Park for the public and is sometimes available for public speaking.