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August 5th, 2007 · 2 Comments · Radnor Lake, wildlife

I met Kelly at the Granny White parking lot at 12:30, and it was already in the upper 90s. Whew! We went to the canoe ramp area on the west end of the lake, in front of the cabin. Kelly took some panoramic shots and that was the last I saw of him.

From the start, it was obvious that the “optimal deer sighting times are dawn and dusk” wisdom nugget does not always hold true: it was the heat of the day and16 deer were spotted. My 2007 record is 17 deer, and that did occur at or near dusk. The most interesting of these deer sightings was seeing two families at once, and very close to the trail to boot. There were two sets of one doe and two fawns, with one fawn in particular feeding on honeysuckle shrubs about ten feet from me for an extended period of time. I found myself hoping that Kelly had hiked this way with his camera.

While hawk sightings are common in the Nashville area (esp. red-tailed hawks), I had never seen one perched so close to the lake trail. I first noticed it peripherally when I saw it fly from one branch to another, and at first thought it was an owl.


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  • kelstew

    We’re not supposed to speak of the abandonment incident again, but I thought the readers might like to know that it was a complete misunderstanding. This learnt me though, that you and your hiking buddy should always have a plan for finding each other if you get split up.