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Sunday outdoors was wildlife Rich

Slavin Conservation Area south of Spokane. (Rich Landers)
Slavin Conservation Area south of Spokane. (Rich Landers)

WILDLIFE -- My day has been crawling with wildlife.

6 a.m.: Going out to get the newspaper, I see a robin chick has just broken out of its egg in the nest behind the house. Naked pink and squirming with a little shell still on its shoulder.  It's only 43 degrees.

8 a.m.: While running the dogs near Airway Heights, my young English setter locked on point and then looked back at me as if to seek advice. He was 20 yards from a pack of milk chocolate brown fur-ball coyote pups just big enough to run away through the tall grass.  We went the other direction.

5 p.m.  I'm back from a waterfowl viewing trek through the Slavin Conservation Area wetlands south of Spokane. Turns out my wife and I and the two dogs brought some wildlife home with us.

A quick comb and brush job on the dogs fetched at least 20 ticks.

Meredith and I have each plucked a couple off ourselves. I found one crawling up the bathroom wall.  I think I flicked one off accidentally into the wild turkey and Thai stir-fry I prepared for dinner.

I'm thinking we'll open a nice bottle of Merlot for the final tick check of the day.

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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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