You can find life in winter if you know where to look…

Date: January 29, 2018

Time: 9:40-9:55 am

Weather: 20 degrees, snow flurries

Snow Cover: 9 inches

Birds seen: Black-Capped Chickadee (heard), Downy Woodpecker (heard)

This morning, I went to the Centennial Thicket for the first time in nearly two months. Not much has changed visually since the last time I was there, other than the few leaves that remained on the Red Oaks disappearing. There was also much more snow, with about 9 inches on the ground. Bare twigs were also visible on all of the trees, including the Red Oak.

Red Oak twig

For the first time, I saw no wildlife at the Centennial Thicket, but there were plenty of indications that animals were still around. Firstly, I heard two species of birds, which were the local Black-Capped Chickadees and a Downy Woodpecker. Secondly, I found tracks of several species of animals, which were Humans, Domestic Dogs, Gray Squirrel, Eastern Cottontail, and White-Tailed Deer.

Rabbit tracks

Deer track

Here’s hoping that I see more signs of wildlife soon!

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