The bitter end

The start of spring is in fact a very hard time for most wildlife. The winter food sources are almost completely exhausted, and nothing new is yet growing. It snowed again last night, April 9th.

The chickadees have been here all winter, and at this point they will explore any possible food source. This one seems to have found some insects in a knothole in a telegraph pole:

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And this one has found something under the lichen on an old apple tree:

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These beaver, in a pond with at least two active lodges, were busy some time before the last snowstorm (since there is snow on top of the felled tree), eating the cambium under the bark. They are venturing out now, I have found active scent mounds that they use to mark their territory. Their lodge is visible in the background:

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Meanwhile flocks of turkeys are around, the males proudly displaying early in the morning. The three coruncles dangling from their wattles turn bright red with blood when they are excited…

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It now gets light around 6.30am, and I am being woken every morning by noisy turkey dating sessions.

Life goes on.

 

4 thoughts on “The bitter end”

  1. Priceless Moira. Just what we need. Have sent to my young grandchild. Your last blog for children has inspired him (age 3, bright as a button). Hope you and George are well. Madeleine x

    Sent from my iPhone Madeleine Hodgkin Madshodgkin@gmail.com 07768 230696 020 7794 1474

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  2. ….that’s why I feed the birds, good seed with peanuts in it & beef suet. We have quite an assortment of feathered friends in out yard & a HUGE mail Gobble today, twice.

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