Everyday starts the same for me: take the dogs outside to ... well, you know. This morning while waiting for them, I heard some rustling in the bushes just a foot or so from me. Then a bird shot out of there. More rustling and all of a sudden there's a hawk hopping out of the bush onto the ground, but nothing clutched in it's claws. Then if flew off. I happen to like wildlife encounters even when they are predatory in nature, so I enjoyed this aberration to my norm. Less than 2 hours later, I was at my daughter and son-in-law's house and out the window I saw another hawk perched high in a nearby tree. It stayed for a while but left as soon as I tried to get my camera. Still, hawks having become common place again is a good thing, a reassurance that life can come back after nasty chemicals.
Towards the end of the day, The Toddler and I were a few houses away visiting with a neighbor and her teenage daughter. Suddenly the teen gasped and cried out "A bear!" We looked and sure enough, there was the town's black bear (ok, who knows if the town has one or more) gamboling about in the front yard of the house just across the small street. The bear appears to have come up through my daughter and SIL's wooded side yard then onto the other property. After a couple minutes checking out the front yard, the bear went to the back yard, where it looked over and saw us. My neighbor's 3 dogs were frolicking in the yard with us and it took each of us a minute or so to realize "jeez! Get the dogs in the house before they notice the bear." Bear just stood there watching the teen corral the dogs. As soon as the dogs were safely behind doors, the bear, as if the entertainment was over, headed off into the next wooded area. No big drama, just wow, a bear! Bears in this highly residential area are not common like hawks are, so yes, a bit of excitement for us humans. And now I know when The Toddler and I are outside, there is another big fuzzy reason to keep her close.
Hey, Mother Nature, if you're taking requests, I'd love to see a moose amble through, too.