Just took a walk to clear my head and was happy to see that the brown desolation of the summer drought has given way to fall green, and there are even flowers where there were none in the summer, better late than never. Saw large and small turtles sunning, kingfisher, green heron, coot. In a sweetgum tree outside our offices is a squirrel’s nest containing young. I know this because yesterday there was a very recently dead young squirrel on the sidewalk under the nest, with a puncture mark through his skull just behind the eyes. I theorize a hawk or a peregrine falcon plucked him out of the nest and dropped him by mistake. Maybe he was startled, or a young and inexperienced hunter. Anyway, I moved poor squirrel-brother off the sidewalk under some bushes and covered him up with mulch.

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