I traveled to my phenology spot for the first time back in Burlington on Wednesday, January 30th. To my delight the snow was fresh and I was able to see many tracks in the snow. However, the tracks seemed to all belong to gray squirrels. The tracks are in a galloping motion, and it was clear that the squirrel suspect was leisurely galloping from tree to tree to perhaps find food. There were also tracks that I identified as dog tracks. Their motion was erratic and it was clear that they stayed near the path and did not conserve their energy.
I also was able to identify multiple trees: Sugar Maple, Red Maple, Paper Birch, Oak, and American Beech.