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Out & About — The fawn never wins

Out & About

When I was in Yosemite National Park on July 29, I stopped at Tenaya Lake for a short rest.

I heard a lot of rustling and screaming in the bushes, so I walked over to the cliff edge and watched a pack of 7 coyotes take down 2 fawn.

I didn’t know until this morning when I was cataloging pictures that I got this great shot of a shocked fawn eyeing 2 of the coyotes.

Fawn and 2 coyotes in Yosemite National Park

The other 5 coyotes were surrounding her so that she couldn’t run away.

At the Park exit station I told a couple of park rangers who got excited, saying that I “was privileged” to have seen that part of the food chain, and that “the fawn never wins.”

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The food chain in action

My wise old grandmother

I guess as the ground squirrels and rabbits pass on the rumor that I’m a pretty nice guy, more wildlife seems to be visiting me. Yesterday a beautiful California Scrub Jay came to visit and drink.

California Scrub Jay

California Scrub Jay

Today, a Greater Roadrunner came to visit. Sadly, the roadrunner found a large Helix Snail that I had saved earlier in the day because it was trying to cross the asphalt street. I picked it up and brought it over to my side of the street. Just a couple of hours later, I watched the roadrunner find the snail, pick it up in its beak, bring it over to the concrete walkway, and bash that snail until the shell broke open, whence the snail became food for the roadrunner.

Greater Roadrunner

Greater Roadrunner

Greater Roadrunner

Reminds me of my wise old grandmother. When wildlife—spiders, lizards, flies—got into her house, she would catch them in a Mason jar and return them to the outside rather than summarily killing them for invading her house. Her reasoning was that they were a viable part of the food chain.

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