Before the nests and in between, I have been drawn to the wildness at the edge of forests; to their thickets and dense understory. This was taken along the Little North Fork of the Gualala River. It could be perfect forage cover for quail, thrushes, bushtits, and other secretive birds, as well as packrats and other small mammals. The blue stem is native blackberry. I will have to go back to see what is keeping it company now in the spring.