I Saw a Black Bear!
July 29, 2015
I’ve had several fun adventures lately, but today I have to share how fun my own ‘back yard’ is. I knew I was going to have a great hike when a Northern Flicker landed right in front of me as I headed out!
Meandering along the path I noted it was fairly quiet ~ yesterday the forest was filled with the sound of woodpeckers…..
….and little Tree Sparrows chatting to each other,
parents still bringing food to babes.
I was also thrilled when a Clark’s Nutcracker flew into a pine tree on the bluff ~ I watched him as long as he let me.
Today when I arrived at my destination I watched a flock of Lazuli Buntings!
It was amazing to see them here. Staying in the shadows, I crept closer hoping to get a better shot.
My dog, usually passive by my side while I photograph suddenly alerted. She didn’t bark but was insistent, so I tried to see what she was so intent on. Suddenly a black bear slowly ran behind the trees about 25 feet away. I froze, my heart pounding with a bit of fear, but I was thrilled and awe-struck. The sun made his fur glisten and I thought about lifting my camera, but I didn’t want to miss a second of watching him. If I had, the above is what it would probably look like!
I have NEVER been more alert on my way home from a hike. Yesterday I leisurely hiked home stopping for this bee, but not today…..
Back home an abundance of sweet little fledglings take advantage of my bird bath. American Goldfinch siblings above.
Black-headed Grosbeak just out of the bath.
Sweet, serene, and fun to watch. Did I say I saw A BEAR today? I DID!! I am giddy with excitement that I saw him!!