First, a puzzle ...
Who is hiding in the woods below?
Next, a thought ...
I've noticed that most people (and apparently all bloggers) get excited over seeing a bird of prey. They are described in glowing terms, "elegant, graceful, majestic, beautiful ..." I agree with that by the way.
Still, it's worth remembering that the characteristics we find so attractive are really adaptations for killing. Their sleek shape, the variety of feathers, the speed, the penetrating eyes, the scimitar beaks, and the daggerlike talons. All for killing and stripping the flesh from still living animals who wound up as raptor prey.
The squirrel below wanted me to remind you of that. He's not roadkill, he's hawk kill. I found him on a bit of paved trail, 'neath a large tree in a local park. He said it hurt ... a lot.
Evolution can be mean.
Finally, another puzzle ...
Who is under these pine needles in San Felasco Hammock State Preserve?
Okay, here's a little more help.