Cold and annoying, we won’t miss February, although we have little to complain about compared to certain other parts of the US. Daily walks turned up a few interesting phenomena, including the bird wing print and mantis egg case shown below.
Tracking in the snow was fun, if hard to photograph. We mostly found expected tracks like deer, coyote, squirrel and rabbit. Below, the turkeys seemed especially interested in this young oak.
Our species count was slightly lower than most years, not surprising given the weather. Birds like vultures, seagulls, and woodcocks are less likely to appear here in the bitter cold, and few other migrants are moving through yet. Trumpeter Swans and Snow Geese continued to make regular appearances, of which we never grow tired.
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|American Tree Sparrow||x|