I’m not sure if our visiting black bear is a he or a she but it came back this morning. I first saw it out back when I opened the door and walked onto the deck. I heard something that sounded larger than your average squirrel, chipmunk or bird, which are frequently around our house. It was the crack of a stick and then I saw a large bush on the other side of the dirt road swaying. My car was in the way so I couldn’t get a really good view. Two more steps and I could see the bear sitting and looking at me so I retreated into the house, saying “yep, it’s a bear”. Often when I walk out that door I speak loudly into the air “if there are any bears out there, go away, I am coming out”! I don’t really expect to run into one so it was a surprise when I did.
About ten minutes later I spotted him again out front near a blueberry bush which hangs over the water. Eventually he wandered out of the bushes so I could get a good photo of him. I took the picture from inside the house through a glass window.