December 29, 2002
see that the whitetail deer have
been browsing near the house during the night.
Now that there's more snow on the ground, it's harder for them to
find food. And getting around in the deeper snow is more difficult.
December 28, 2002
morning I heard the "fee-beee" call of a black-capped
chickadee. It repeated the call several times. I don't often hear
this particular call in the winter. Instead it's the "chick-a-dee-dee-dee"
song or high-pitched "tseet" call that I hear at this time
of the year.
Only the males make the "fee-beee" call - and it's heard
most often in the spring when the males are establishing their breeding
December 27, 2002
took a few photos after the snow we had on Wednesday. In the picture
on the right, I was actually trying to photograph a bird that was
sitting on the little sapling in the foreground.
The bird flew away, but I took the
This photo reminds me of a special feeling I get sometimes when I'm
in the woods. Reminds me of the quietness of the woods in the winter.
December 26, 2002
had about 18 inches of snow yesterday afternoon and evening. I've
always been fascinated by the different shapes of snow flakes. So
I went looking for a website with photos of them.
Here's a site that has some beautiful photos of snow
crystals. You can really see the intricate detail when you enlarge
them. It also has a page that explains the underlying
physics - and describes the difference between snow crystals and
December 25, 2002
latest Christmas Bird Count shows that the range of the red-bellied
woodpecker is moving further into New England.
I keep hoping to see one in my woods - or at the feeder - but I
believe they like more open woodlands than we have here. And I think
they also prefer lower elevations.
I have an idea of one potential spot where they might be found down
in the valley.
Maybe I'll spend some time there in the
spring or summer - too much snow on the
December 24, 2002
sometimes see mice outside (not inside, thankfully). The ones I see
have white feet but I haven't been able to determine if they are deer
mice or white-footed mice.
Or maybe I'm seeing both of them at different times.
They say that the woodland form of the deer mouse (the form found
in the East) has a longer tail and tawnier color than the white-footed
mouse. And the deer mouse is supposed to have a distinctly bi-colored
Guess I'll have to look more closely next time. Now, if I could just
get them to stand side by side. :)
December 23, 2002
is a good time to observe the shapes of trees. The photo to the
right shows the shape of the northern red oak tree. In the center
of the picture is a group of four oaks.
here's a photo of the crowns of some sugar
you can see,
the silhouette of the sugar maple is very
different from the red oak - the branches of
the maple grow in a much more vertical direction.
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