It’s conference time again, but the wifi in the hotel is sloooooow (and I’m not willing to pony up any extra dough for more bandwidth), so the gazillion photos I took from the plane will have to wait until later — all except for this one, that is.
Lots and lots of waterfowl at Slate Run Metro Park this morning, including, but not limited to these coots, a gazillion Canada geese, redhead ducks, gulls of some kind, ring-necked ducks, probable scaups, a great blue heron, and, yes, a pair of sandhill cranes. Everyone’s saying: it’s time for winter to be done.
Mid-morning, I looked out and noticed this line snaking along, disturbing the surface of today’s new snow. While I was watching, it suddenly extended another couple of inches in the direction of the bird feeder, where a heap of seed had already been dropped by our picky goldfinches: a vole tunnel, most likely, running from one feeder to the other. Clever rodents.
Juncos also enjoy the generosity of the finches.
I was pleasantly surprised to find the trails in Glen Helen mostly free of ice, and still too cold to be muddy. So nice to be out hiking again, even if (especially if!) we do end up snowed in tomorrow.