Tuesday, February 17, 2009

A Sandwiched Wilderness

This tiny strip of deciduous trees, between my apartment complex and a Holiday Inn, could be the last stand of a decimated deciduous forest. Much to my surprise, a Carolina wren seems to live here. I've heard it singing in the underbrush more than once, and I actually saw it singing on a tree branch just a week ago. It reminded me of a country rooster. On the day I took this photo, a Cooper's hawk soared low overhead, flapping its wings occasionally, and something rustled in the dead leaves beyond the fence.

You can see a dead Christmas tree in the lower left part of the photo. A dead Christmas tree looks like a deciduous tree in autumn! Here's the tree up close:

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