365 Nature – Day 165

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Each day of the year I will post something here about nature. It may be any format, a photo, video, audio, sketch or entry from my nature journal. It could be a written piece. Each day I will connect to nature in some way and share it here by the end of that day. You can keep up-to-date by subscribing to the RSS feed or be notified by email. See all the 365 Nature posts.

June is also 30 Days Wild and I’m participating again this year.


A return to routine today and a shift in perspective from the mountains to the city where I went on my usual rounds through the arboretum. The Barred Owl chicks I saw first on Day 158 were nowhere to be seen, but the crows led me to one of the adults. They were harassing the owl and I only saw it a few seconds before it flew off with a trail of crows behind. At the nesting snag all I found of the chicks was a feather that I believe came from them.

I was more fortunate at the Cooper’s Hawk nest and when I first arrived I found a small white head poking up above the edge of the nest. Like the last time I saw the chick on Day 158, it was only visible a short time before retreating to the depths of the nest and although I waited another 10 minutes or more, it never peaked out again. During the entire time I was there I didn’t see or hear either of the adults.

On my way back I saw some movement in the shrubs and a raccoon clambered up a tree trunk, disturbed by me and a pair of walkers coming from the other direction. I stopped to watch the raccoon, but the other walkers were oblivious and kept walking. As I watched, the raccoon watched me and climbed higher up the tree before stopping and watching me again. It never once stopped looking at me except to climb higher, even as I walked away I could see it still looking at me and watching.

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Kelly Brenner

Kelly Brenner is a naturalist and writer based in Seattle. She founded and writes The Metropolitan Field Guide, a blog for ideas, thoughts and resources for the design of urban wildlife habitat and has contributed articles to a variety of other websites and publications.

Kelly has a certificate from the University of Washington in non-fiction writing. She continually takes classes and attends talks on various natural history topics. In 2009 she earned a bachelors degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon.

She's also an avid photographer focusing on the natural world.
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