The cold front moved through followed by several days of rain. The river has risen so much in the last three days, instead of rapids followed by pools of still water, the river has turned into one giant rapid. The path along the river that leads me to my favorite place to sit and enjoy the Mink, Great Horned Owl, and Belted Kingfishers is under water as of yesterday. I was kind of sad when I first walked down to the waters edge … but I eagerly await it’s return next spring.
Several sightings of Fall Chinook were spotted last week before the rains came. I thought I may of seen one swimming near the bridge but I can’t confirm it. It might have been just my eagerness to see one 🙂
The two Night Heron are hanging out in the trees between my house and the river. I haven’t seen them even get close to the water since the rains began. With the water moving so fast even the ducks and Great Blue Herons have been unseen. It is kind of eerie but I know they will return. Flocks of ducks have been flying over the river daily but none are stopping.
On Monday my neighbor brought me some freshly picked apples from Davis Orchards, one word is all that is needed “Delicious”. So sweet and fresh and no sign of pesticides. I still have four more left 🙂
Monday I got to the east end of the river a little later than usual and thought there would be no way of catching sight of the Great Horned Owl but I thought I would give it a try. I lifted my binoculars just in time to see it fly from the south bank over to the north bank. “Thank You Lord”.
I really am thinking that the black goat is pregnant. She is bigger than she was when I last wrote about her. She wasn’t out in the pasture this morning. Maybe she will bring a baby out with her when I see her next 🙂
Yesterday I was walking towards home and Zachary, the eight year old boy I told you about was walking to school. He saw me and yelled to me from about a block away. “Hi, Ani … did you see anything today?” I got to tell him that I had watched a two point buck up on the ridge of the hill earlier in the morning.
The rains have turned the hillsides from summer brown into winter green … it really is refreshing and pretty to see.
I was standing across from the otter den and was kind of meloncholy at how quite it was when a Belted King Fisher flew up into a tree and began chattering away as if to say “I am here, I will entertain you”. I just love those little birds.
Things are definitely changing along the river … I am excited to watch the changes and to see what winter is going to bring. Yesterday I discovered a possible den in a berry thicket across the river. I can see where birds have been coming and going, probably wrens but over on the east side down by the ground there looks to be a den. I will update you when I see something. There are signs that some creature has been coming and going 🙂
The herd of six does were laying down in the willow patch as the sun was coming up yesterday. I caught a glimpse of a solitary doe this morning over across from the overlook. I have seen her alone three times this week.
Just as I was about to leave the path along the river this morning and head down the embankment to my house, Logan flushed out two female Ring Necked Pheasants. They flew across the river and landed just south of the fox den.
Last week I got to finally burn the debris that was on the burn pile, I have been waiting for the ashes to cool. I am going out now to rake some of the ashes over into my garden plot and cover them with leaves. The leaves that were on the plot all got blown away in last weeks wind storm.
Until next time …