Friday, January 28, 2005

A Long and Winding Road

After a couple of days absence I managed to get out yesterday to see what I could see. The temperature rose to a balmy -10C, in spite of the forecasts, and the sun was shining. There was lots to see (see "Murder Mystery" above), lots of tracks nearly obliterated from the previous couple of days, and lots fresh. I was particularly struck by the mouse trail, pictured in part below, that went on for mouse miles. Tempting fate for sure--visible against the snow to owls, hawks, shrikes, foxes, etc. But all signs suggested that this mouse made it back safely under the snow after its long sojourn.

There was also a set of deer tracks, and a lovely confirming pile of scat on the far side of the far field. And a cardinal in the cedar bush singing his territorial song. Spring must be just around the corner!

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