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June 17th, 2008 · No Comments · friends, snakes

Monday evening, June 16, 2008

dusk sun coming through the trees at Nashville's Radnor Lake

It was yet another wonderful dusk hike at Radnor Lake: beautiful, peaceful, a virtual meditation, actually. Towards the end of this dusk hike – around 8:15, I suppose– a woman approached me (shocking, I know!) and asked if I were me. I was quite pleased to tell her that I am indeed me.

I was excited when I realized that it was Patti P., an avid hiker and knockaround biologist I met on the trails several weeks ago, back around the time of the Canada Goose nest discovery and video. We have not talked in a while, so we had lots of Radnor Lake animal sighting information to exchange. She has figured out when and where to see otters regularly — and in these same areas, the occasional beaver is also seen.

dusk storm clouds at Nashville's Radnor Lake

By this time, it was well into dusk so I could not get any photos worth showing.

She showed me a beaver lodge that was active last year. I believe Patti said she’d not seen any action at this particular place this season. I had never seen a beaver structure like this. It was actually not much to look at; it appeared to be a small stretch of Radnor Lake shoreline where lots of sticks had washed up and/or accumulated at water’s edge. Interesting.

dusk sun coming through the trees at Nashville's Radnor Lake

She said she had seen only one snake this year, so I was happy to take advantage of yet another opportunity to gloat about my recent, unusually frequent, close-proximity reptile sightings. She really dug this; she and her zoologist father have an affinity for reptiles. I was thinking, Well, maybe, just maybe, my temporary status as reptile magnet would last through this evening and she’d get to double her snake sightings for the year.

gray rat snake at Nashville's Radnor Lake

On our way back from the otter and beaver area along Otter Creek road, we saw our snake: yet another gray rat snake — the fourth in the last few weeks, the third in only two weeks. I was a little slow with the camera and we did not capture it very well digitally, or at all physically. It slithered off into the poison ivy, safe from the marauding amateur herpetologists.


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