The extended holiday weekend was a welcome break from a recent demanding work schedule.
Things seemed to have slowed down, both at work and in the woods.
Of course, some of the slowdown in the woods could be to the hot humid weather.
During this weather it is important to take breaks.
Sherman is a firm believer in breaks.
However, some of the lack of activity near the pond may be chalked up to some predators caught on the trail cameras.
Mama mallard and her ducklings haven't been spotted lately.
That is probably for the best. The camera captured a bear, coyote and a hawk within the past few weeks.
The bear photo did solve the mystery as to why Clem was baying and tracking in the woods one morning.
The trail cameras also snapped a photo of mama doe and her fawn.
I faced a moral dilemma this past week when news reports suggested that folks should stop feeding birds due to some songbird death.
I struggled to take a break from feeding my feathered friends.
Here's a link to the game commission's news release.
However, my guilt and the scolding of angry birds got the best of me. My feeders are still out for the time being.
I had no sooner had said that I hadn't seen any dead or dying birds around when a deceased grackle appeared in the dogs' room.
I questioned my husband as to whether or not the bird had any signs of illness. His response was, "No. This one was murdered."