It’s been an interesting couple of days, especially with wildlife. Yesterday, Marion spotted a baby gopher snake in the driveway. It apparently felt it was safe if it froze in place, but as you can see by the tire tracks, this was really not a good idea.
It was definitely a gopher snake, as can be told by the shape of the head. In forty-five years, I’ve never seen a rattler around here.
While Marion took pictures, I caught the little guy to move him to a safer place. He was kind of cute; just look at his little head peeping over my hand.
Goodbye, little fella. You’re getting turned loose in the nearest weedpatch — of which we have plenty.
Then, this morning, boarder Jennifer called to me. When I poked my head out of the window, she told me that there was a bald eagle in a tree behind the shop. I grabbed my camera and was out of there like a shot. And yes, there he/she was, glaring around in an eagle-like manner.
These are not the highest-quality pictures, because they were taken at extreme telephoto. But this was the only bald eagle I’d ever seen on our property, and I just had to get his picture. We sometimes get eagles, especially before or after a storm, but they’ve always been the smaller golden eagle. This was a real live bald eagle.
He wasn’t bothered by his growing audience, as more people came to look at him, but posed nicely for his picture. I went to the store after I took these, but later spotted him on a PG&E tower across the river. It was the height of the rainstorm, and it seems as though he must have been pretty miserable. Those feathers are a good shield, though, and he sat there for a long time, so maybe it wasn’t too bad.
We did get a good rain today, with wind and heavy at times. The temperature was seventy-two in the morning, and right now at three-thirty it’s fifty-two. It’s been an unusual day.