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A Peek in the Woods

The expected light snow has nearly ended.  The tops of the grass still exposed, the ground a white dusting.  Not the snow the grands had hoped for, to sled and tramp around throwing snowballs and getting soaked.

The chooks balked at their pop door when it was opened this morning.  It was as comedic as ever.  The first one or two shoved out by the remaining members of the flock, anxious to get out, until they too see the snow on the ground.  Once the critical mass inside is small, the last few refuse to leave and the ones forced out the door, quickly return to the inside of the coop.  Today, instead of trying to spread spoiled hay outside, as I know this snowfall is short lived, I just put their food inside with them.  Eventually today, they will all come out to search for bugs and shoots in the garden.

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Though the snow is light and won’t amount to much, it has frosted the trees, both the evergreens and the skeletonized deciduous trees along the edges of the fields in the wood lots.  The snow layer on the ground in the woods gives us an advantage to watching the wildlife that live in the woods and on the surrounding hill sides.  The winter dark furred deer and the dark feathered turkey are more visible.  They can be spotted more easily, deeper within the wooded areas, even when standing still.  Usually, we have to wait for them to come to the woods edge or spot their movement a bit deeper in the woods.

We still haven’t had a real snow this winter.  This is our third light snowfall.  It would have been a good weekend for a snow as Monday is a vacation day from school for the kids and from work for SIL.  He needs the long weekend, having developed a cold at week’s end.

This will be a good day to take a walk outside, bundled against the cold and carrying my camera to see what I can spot.

 

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