I arrived to work this morning just before 8am, and there they were. A rafter of Turkeys just hanging out in the top of a tree. I've seen it before. I've watched them fly (flopping and crashing through branches) up into the trees to roost. But still it just tickles me. How these 15-25 lb birds with feet for walking on the ground, not perching in a tree, can just sit up there, in the top-most branches and hang out.
Who'd a thunk it?
A bit later in the day I took a lady on a snowshoe tour. She had never been and felt better about having a guide. We enjoyed a nice trail, great weather and beautiful scenery.
While we were out there strolling along, I noticed some rather large tracks heading off into the trees. Big, probably 3 1/2 - 4 inches round, direct register (meaning the back foot registered directly over where the front foot had been), and a pretty long stride (distance between each foot print). They were a day or two old, so I couldn't see the actual print, but there is really only one animal, with a foot that big and round, in the area. Mountain Lion. And we've had a few sightings the past few weeks. I looked up hopefully and scanned the trees, knowing full well the cat would be nowhere near there. But I looked nonetheless. One can always hope. :)
Sorry I don't have a picture of the tracks. I thought of that well after the fact. Oh well.
I will be taking another beginning snowshoe group out a little later today. I wonder what discoveries I will find with them?
Here's a few past snowshoe excursions for you to enjoy: