A line of tracks from under the porch to the creek and back look like the prints a very small man walking on his hands would make: raccoon.

Querulous cries of a raccoon, like lost notes from a soprano clarinet. Two pileateds hammer for their breakfast—an arrhythmic percussion.

First light. The silence is broken by a rustle in the leaves, followed a little later by the hollow sound of a creek stone being flipped.