Caught this black rat snake yesterday. It was not as thick as most rat snakes, and I thought it might be a racer, even though it was was acting like a rat snake. A quick check of the local guides, however, tells me that at this length it's a rat snake and nothing else.
The weather is starting to turn and the leaves are starting to come down, but the trees are still mostly green, and there are still a few butterflies about. I have seen some small flocks of migrating birds, but not the big flocks I will see in a few weeks.