Along The Serpentine Trail
Calero County Park, Santa Clara County, CA
|Late afternoon walk to the pond and back.|
|Found dead trailside, like a crumpled autumn leaf.|
|No apparent injuries.|
|Soft gold with buff underbelly.|
|A Western Red Bat ( Lasiurus blossevillii )|
|A light rain had fallen for most of the day, hence water droplets on fur.|
|Rigor well set; did not attempt closer examination.
Placed body a ways off trail beneath an oak. It disappeared overnight.
|Trailside daffodils near an abandoned homesite.
Alas! These cheerful heralds of spring no longer adorn the path.
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