I headed over to the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve for my walk. It was mostly the usual suspects out: deer, birds, lizards, squirrels… But I got to see a Cooper’s Hawk knock a young Acorn Woodpecker out of a tree, tackle it on the ground on the trail in front of me, and then fly off with it! I was able to find it a few seconds later in a tree overhead and got some photos. Those things move so fast when they’re on the wing, I hardly had time to get my camera up before the hawk grabbed its breakfast and flew off with it again. Amazing.
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I also saw a Gray Hairstreak Butterfly. They’re tiny things, but so cute… and this seemed like such an odd time of year for one to be out that I had to try to get a photo of it.
I walked for about 3 ½ hours and then headed back home.