Hubby was out using his new snowblower. I was doing the back deck, and filling bird feeders. Sadly, there have been deaths in the US from this storm. The NY Times reports:
By Friday night, nine deaths — five in North Carolina, one in Virginia, one in Kentucky and two in Tennessee — had been attributed to bad road conditions and ice.We were prepared for last Monday's snow. We are used to such dumps of snow.
As I walked to fetch the newspaper, I noticed a little but very long track. Having confirmed the track pattern: the two paws, plus the wee tail dragging in the snow, I figured it was a deer mouse. It went a long, long way from the side of the house, around the fence, across the front yard, across the driveway and into the snow. I scouted all around and couldn't find where it came from. It must have come for some seed from under the bird feeder, but this is about 50m away!
This part was fun. as it headed to the driveway, there is a wee curve in the line of the relatively straight track. There is a little hole, as well. I think an owl suddenly went after my traveler mouse! We have quite a few different kinds around here, but the most common or the one I've seen most often, is the Barred owl.
As I was looking for the origin of the deer mouse track (which was beside the house), I found another deer bed just behind the decorative fence. A momma and fawn, with the second fawn just behind the tree.
What is fun, is the the males, who have been scarce, have turned up again. They still have their antlers, too. This is unusually late. I haven't seen my favourite, Tigger, yet.
Then, to my great delight, I found a Robin. There are Mourning doves (3), two Blue Jays, and my Robin in the Horse Chestnut tree. Robin came back later in the day for another drink of water. They normally migrate, although with our mild December and January (till now!), they can overwinter by eating berries, like the sumac berries, of which we have a fair number.
|They are so quick!|
I am so slow!