An interesting day for wildlife here at the Flying M. This morning about 8:15, I watched a great blue heron take off from on top of the carport (after having seen another one flying across the road a few miles away). We rarely see them around here--I'm guessing the presence of semi-permanent water around from the storms has drawn them.
Then this afternoon I stepped outside with the dogs (on leashes), only to encounter a loud, insistent buzzing sound--this rattlesnake, about 3.5 feet long, curled up in the honeysuckle that's right outside the door. We were already in motion so stepped quickly off the front landing in the opposite direction, circled around, let the dogs do their thing, and went in through a different door. The snake moved on after we got inside, fortunately.
Not from today, but from after a heavy storm last week, here's the first spadefoot I've seen up close. Look at that claw on his hind feet and you'll see where he gets the name.