Today, I went out to check the backyard before letting Kelsey out and I saw a ton of smoke. I've lived in the area and know that the fires are always farther away then they look. So, we took a drive to see where the fire was (about 5 minutes away). I didn't get any other pics as I didn't see a "safe" spot that would be out of the way. The smoke was carried really far too due to the Santa Ana winds. Glad they got it out though.
So, our little squirrel friend came back again for the third morning in a row. He comes back to the same exact spot each time.
I think it's probably a baby, based upon its size.
Kelsey is not sure what to think about it. She watched it, but does not bark. But, you can see how curious this squirrel is about what she is doing. I do not let her get too close.
Later that morning, this is what we saw!
This is the guy that was eating his breakfast exactly a week ago at the same time. He stayed for about an hour and a half this time.
He is absolutely gorgeous and looks HUGE in person! He didn't mind the humans watching him or the dog barking at him in the next yard. I think he is a red tail hawk.
My neighbor noticed something in his claws.
So, I zoomed in on the picture and can see a gray, bushy tail. I was really hoping that he caught a rat, but I don't think that's what he was eating for breakfast today. Later in the afternoon, some official-looking people with id badges were looking in the backyard and pointing to the spot where he had been. Not sure who they were. On another note, there was yet another squirrel there in the evening, so I'm thinking there is a whole family of them hiding out in that yard. We don't have huge yards here. We usually just see wildlife just passing through, not staying.
So, lately the wall in our yard has become home to all different types of wildlife and I have to check the yard before taking Kelsey out (don't want her catching something nasty from one of the little critters or being targeted by that big old hawk). This squirrel definitely has Kelsey intrigued though. She will just sit and watch for it, but she didn't try to chase it away. It came back to the same spot today.
This is what she wore for her 1st Halloween...I updated the pics though. It is my all-time favorite outfit for her. She has the sweetest face.
We are also excited that it finally cooled down today. We have had to run the a/c several times this past week. Yuck!
Are any of you going to be dressing up for Halloween this year?
On a side note, we walked out in the yard on Thursday to find a huge hawk on the wall (so bummed I didn't have a camera). It still had its bloody prey in its claws. There were feathers all over the yard and it left some of its meal on the wall-so gross! It then perched itself on the neighbors' chimney and watched my yard for quite some time. So, Kelsey was only allowed out on a leash and I have been checking the area before taking her out too. So, message to Mr. Hawk: Kelsey is a friend, not food!
This was last year's attempt at getting a picture of Kelsey with a pumpkin...this was the best we could do. Apparently, Kelsey is a bit afraid of pumpkins. The other dogs are curious and want to sniff them...not my Kelsey. Maybe this year will be better.
Today, we have finally had some amazing weather...rain, thunder, lightning, and we are finally out of the 90 and 100 degree weather.
Kelsey isn't fond of going out in the rain and has so far ignored all the thunder (keeping fingers crossed that it lasts).