Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Funny Stuff in the Woods Today
Here's a funny-face boulder I found in the woods today. Looks like his eyes are closed and he's sleeping until spring. He'll have to wait a bit longer: forecast is for below zero again tonight. But up into the 50s by the weekend! Promises, promises.
At any rate, this cold-again weather after rain has firmed up the snow pack beautifully. I can move through the woods without snowshoes, and much more quietly, too. No carrion eaters at the deer carcass today (does a chickadee count?). There's nothing left but bones and hide. There were lots of coyote, fisher, fox, and mink trails in the marsh, but none of them approached what was left of the deer. Actually, it looked like the coyotes had other things on their minds beside eating: multiple tracks leading to a spot with a lot of commotion. Several times. Could they be mating? Were they fighting? It's also possible they were somebody's dogs, dancing and prancing around the way dogs do. I'll never know, but it's fun to puzzle over it.
I also saw many mouse tracks today, stitching over the inch of new snow. I was just commenting to a friend that I hadn't seen their tracks for a month or so, figured they'd constructed their tunnels down under the snow and they'd stay there until snowmelt. Maybe that day-long rain we had last week flooded their basements.