It's just over a year ago that I moved here. A year spent exploring a few places. Like the big park near by. Tualatin Hills Nature Park.
I walk quietly and often slowly. Because more than once during this last year I have encountered these little guys. If you don't pay attention they can get squashed. Which is a sad thing.
Rough Skinned Newts are neat little amphibians. They will hold still till you are out of the way. Which makes for good photo taking. I've also seen one swimming in the Lily Pond. So stopping and really looking paid out.
I've seen a few other animals and many birds over the year. I could not count how many snakes and squirrels. Good variety of birds. Rarer was the vole I saw scuttling through the underbrush. And of course the Copyu couple who live by the Big Pond. But the one creature I really wanted to see was keeping out of sight.
What was funny is that despite all my back trail wanderings I finally saw a deer right by the main trail.
Despite me being right by it and a group of people just down the trail it kept grazing. Probably because we were all keeping rather quiet.
Till someone less quiet came along and the deer decided time to leave. So if you want to see wildlife out there, walk slowly and quietly. Because you don't know what you might see.