Digging through dirt


A few days ago I was stopped on the trail by a familiar sound, that of a rodent gnawing on wood. In the early morning, I looked for a wood rat in the nearby shrubbery. Although unusual for this creature to be out at this time of day, I searched for movement in the branches. There was nothing, nothing but the sound.
Then I began to search the yellow brittle grasses for a meadow vole or deer mouse. Again no movement, no sign of the being making the noise.
I dropped to my ha...

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