Friday, February 27, 2015

Around the Village in Photos: February 19 - 25, 2015

Cold and Snow, Cold and Snow, Cold and Snow...
Still Hanging Up There


And More Snow


Red Squirrel Cache

Good-bye Woods

Good-bye Wildlife

Good-bye Pat's Trail

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Around the Village in Photos: February 12 - 18, 2015

Serene Stream

Juvenile Cooper's Hawk at Andrews Avenue

Same Hawk Eating a Starling



Another Cold Night Ahead

Egg White

I Saw Bare Ground!!!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Around the Village in Photos: February 5 - 11, 2015

Another snowy and cold week in the Great Northeast!!!

Busy Bunny

I Should Clean More Often

Love From Mother Nature



Just Call Me "Spike"

Round Lake Deer Bed Down on Old Trolley Line

On February eighth, after a delicious breakfast at The Mill, I snowshoed down the old trolley line with friends, Sue, Tom, and Judy. ( Dan was home making an eight hour all-grain mash for a 5 gallon batch, of Imperial IPA with home-grown hops!). There were a lot of fresh deer tracks crisscrossing the line. When we got further away from Route 9, we began seeing deer beds. They look like large depressions in the snow. Leaves were showing on the ground in the beds while the snow, in between beds, was trampled down. Tracks led in and out of the areas.
Deer Beds

Deer Bed

Deer Beds

Busy Beavers

Looking North from Trolley Line

Chilling the Mash
We saw a couple of dozen active beds, as well as, some that had been abandoned and were semi-filled with fresh snow. We didn't go all the way to the outlet because we saw that the deer were on the move. We did not want to stress them with all the snow on the ground and another storm on the way. (Storm number three had already started.) It's a quiet spot for a winter yard with lots of twigs, nuts, lichen, and fungi to eat. We also saw evidence of beaver activity and fox tracks. Our local wildlife is enduring a frigid, snowy winter indeed!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Around the Village in Photos: January 29 - February 4, 2015

This is winter, folks! A foot of snow, temps way below zero, icicles, snow mountains, school closings, dead car batteries, drafty old houses and frozen pipes. Oh and snow and cold, snow and cold, snow and cold... But there's always something interesting to see Out and About!
Feces and Feathers

Woods at Peck Avenue

Bluebird at Ames Avenue


Now That's a Snow Storm!

No-Show Chuck ( Forget About It Buddy. You're Buried Under There)

Chickadee and Downy Woodpecker at Suet

Schoolhouse Park