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Wednesday, June 24, 2015
I went back up on Black Mountain (west of Lincoln) today and another of my red tail hawk acquaintances was there to greet me. Like the one across the river, this one called repeatedly (and was answered by another farther up the mountain) and circled me about 30 feet overhead, and followed me, going from tree to tree, for about a mile as I left what must have been the area of his nest.
Anyway, it was a nice morning, marred only by heavy equipment operating on a nearby road about 2 miles in. I never saw it, but could hear the tank tracks and crunching of branches up the mountain from where I was running. I was on a closed road, but I saw the tracks from this equipment on the main road (Moon Drive, it's called), which evidently circles around above where I was.
This was the view about a mile in, looking generally eastward over the valley where Lincoln sits.
The plant it's on is an alder, which an old Indian fellow who was helping a woodcutter on my property a couple of years ago suggested would make great ground cover for my definitely-not-a-lawn. I may try unearthing a few next spring and see what happens.
My runs are going to get earlier in the day in the coming days because the forecast includes temperatures approaching 100. That's weird, because it's been up to 80 only twice so far this spring. Not sure what's going on, but I saw a weather channel forecast that the entire Pacific Northwest is going to be setting records for high temperatures this weekend and beyond. That bodes ill for the fire season a little later this summer. Time to start doing rain dances.
Anyway, the run was routine and I felt good.
5; 10; 107.5; 554
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