5/28/05: Cleaned up 2 bags and 1 large item -- a long, unwieldy piece of pvc pipe that's appeared in the creek since last month. That wasn’t fun to drag up to the drop spot, but it’s those more difficult things that really make you feel like you’re doing something good.
A pair of killdeers picked an odd spot for a nest -- right next to the trail, so they were making lots of noise whenever people walked by. When I went by, the parents were maybe thirty feet or so down the trail making lots of noise but I could hear the baby peeping nearby, probably only a few feet from the trail. I stopped and looked that way and was tempted to go up and take a look, but as soon as I looked that way one of the parents made a desperate sound and I looked over and it was doing a very realistic broken wing display to try to lure me away. I realized all the noise was like saying, "Hey! You don’t want to go that way! Look at us! We're right out in the open, and injured! Wouldn't you rather try to eat us?" I decided to give them some credit and just kept walking down the trail, and they kept walking in front, "luring me" away from the nest. They stayed up ahead of me for a couple hundred yards before finally breaking off and flying back to the nest. I was touched by what great parents they were, willing to put themselves at (perceived) risk to protect their young from what could be a dangerous predator.
I also saw one of the foxes, an adult, just lying up by the den around 8:15 pm. He/she looked pretty wary, and started to get up when it looked like I was taking a step in that direction, but I kept moving and he/she eased back down again.
I noticed that someone was nice enough to fix up my “This site adopted by…” sign, removing the graffiti and straightening it out where someone had bent it up. The poor little thing looked like a car backed into it once, and it’s been vandalized several times over the years. Thanks to whoever straightened it up! (City staff?)