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out his head two feet from my foot.
Seeing me there, he opened his mouth
and hissed, then darted back under the
boulder.
Familiar with the boldness of these
animals, I sat down ten feet from the
rock with my camera gun aimed at the
burrow, and waited. In a few seconds, the
rustling and sniffling began again, moved
toward my side of the rock, and suddenly
there was the weasel! He fixed me in a
beady stare, his triangular head weaving
from side to side, then he was gone. He
repeated this routine several times, and
I could see he was a long-tailed weasel
with a rich brown coat and pale sulphur
chest. Unfortunately, there was a shadow
over the hole, and he wouldn't venture
out into the sunshine where I could take
his picture.
I finally made the squeaking sound
bird students employ to attract birds, and
he came rushing out too close to focus. I
backed up and tried it again. This time he
came out and posed beautifully, if briefly,
in the sunshine, where I snapped him.
More squeaking brought him out a half
dozen times before he tired of the game,
so I should have some good pictures.
May 26: It's always a thrill to see the
gleam of the headlights reflected by the
eyes of some unidentified creature in the
road ahead. This evening it proved to be
MAY 2016

a red fox pup, which scampered out of
the way, then sat down twenty feet inside
the woods to watch us watching him.
He was an innocent-looking little rascal,
more sauerkraut color than red, but with
a white-tipped tail that left no doubt as to
his identity. He seemed reluctant to leave,
but after making several false starts he
trotted off into the darkness.
We started up the road and nearly
ran into another pup we hadn't noticed
before. This one beat it without a second
look.
May 28: Each year at this time our
balcony is the scene of some interesting
traffic. Certain black wasps - smaller
than the familiar mud-daubers - suddenly appear, each carrying an inchworm
which has been paralyzed by its captor's
sting. Landing beside the window, they
drag their victims deep into the channels between the siding and the window
frame, to serve as food for the larvae
that will hatch from the wasp eggs laid
therein. The caterpillars are carried
upside down, grasped behind the head
by the wasps' mandibles.
A pair of curtains hung out on the balcony to dry brought many of the flights
to an abrupt end, but the wasps extracted
themselves and their cargo from the
gauzy folds, reset their compasses, and
buzzed directly to their nests.
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