“The Oregon Junco quickly takes a short hop on the large mushroom to get a “bird’s eye view” of the black beetle as it transverses a fallen leaf during its escape to safety beneath the shade of moist decaying leaf debris under the mushroom. Possibly the beetle will be successful on its escape to safety due to its size and undesirable taste. The shy and quiet wild jack rabbit is nearby happily nibbling away on the short green grass and weeds all the while watching the Junco’s morning actions.”
Mushrooms have surged from the ground through the downed decaying leaves, twigs, weeds and debris this fall. They can be seen growing, almost over night, along side the road under the overhanging branches of the tall evergreens. The varieties were plentiful each having its own shape, size, color plus some being very scary and appearing to be highly toxic. I have never disciplined myself to learn the botanical names of all the mushrooms growing in the area where I live…so I am unable to identify this particular one.
The above large mushroom was at least six inches in diameter growing near the road where I take my morning walks. Its appearance inspired my thoughts to what the scene might be later during the day when humans and vehicles are not disturbing the resident wildlife.