While out for a drive…
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A Heron, a Hawk, and the Missing Fish

 

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A likely suspect!

This past Saturday morning was unusually cool here at Sarge’s Cache Creek Ranch, and I had a lot of produce to pick. There is an abundance of tomatoes this year, and as I gathered the ripest ones from beneath the leaves I heard my friend Ranse crying out in horror. “Hey, what happened to my fish!?” A while back he had stocked the small cement pond with perhaps a dozen tiny little fish. A few of them had grown to significant size,that is about three or four inches.
Now, suddenly, they were gone! I said, ” The raccoons must have gotten them.” But as we looked about there were  no Raccoon signs whatsoever. It was definitely a mystery. Then as I began to return to my tomato picking, I heard a loud and slightly familiar call. I looked up and there was a Black-crowned Night Heron shooting through the air. His call was followed by another more familiar call; it was the scream of the Swainson’s Hawk that nests in the area. He was in hot pursuit of that heron, chasing him out of the area. I say that the mystery is solved! It was the Black-crowned Night Heron who must have been the culprit in this fish story.

One Response to A Heron, a Hawk, and the Missing Fish

  • sargent reynolds says:

    Great story and picture, John. I strongly suspect that this wasn’t the first time the herons had a hand in the disappearance of Ranse’s fish (as you might recall this wasn’t the first batch that “went missing” but it was the school that grew the largest).

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