|Downy woodpecker, male|
The thing I got most excited about this week were claws on the toes of a female cardinal. I never thought about the details of their feet and didn't realize that they had claws sticking out from their thin leathery toes. Besides curling their toes around a branch, they use their claws to also help them hang on in a tree. Makes perfect sense, however I never noticed them before. Sometimes I get bored with the idea of doing Second Looks since I have been doing them almost weekly for 3 1/2 years now (time flies), but then I find something totally new and it makes it all worth while.
Here are some things I saw this week
during a Second Look.
|It was hard at first to see this mushroom hiding in the pine needles.|
|This little plant in the fork of the maple tree is one of the greenest things around.|
|We saw lots of deer prints.|
|The hoof prints of this cow were at least 2x as big as those of the deer.|
|If you look very closely, you can see the claws of this female cardinal curving out from its toes.|
|You can see the claws better from this view.|
|Wally, my Second Look partner this week.|