Wednesday, March 5, 2014

A Second Look--March 5, 2014

Between rain and snow storms, I managed to take a walk around the whole yard this week. I went looking for signs of spring, but mostly I noticed signs of animals. A day after I took this walk, the snow returned. I'm glad I got out when I did.

Here's what I saw this week during a Second Look.

The deer have been spending the winter mostly in the lower part of the yard. However, I expect that to change once our bedding plants start budding and there's a lot of tasty things to eat close to the house.

There are no signs that any of these burrow entrances have been used recently. I guess the groundhogs think it's still too cold to come out.

Most of the snow had melted, but I found these rabbit tracks in some that was left.

The rabbit prints were leading up to this den. We have collected a huge pile sticks that several animals have made their home.

A bigger perspective on our stick pile habitat. There are two major entrances--one below that was in the above picture and one a couple of feet above. I have imagined all kinds of animals living here, but have actually only seen rabbits around.

It wouldn't be a winter walk in the yard without finding a bone. I don't know what this is but my best guess is part of a groundhog skull.

This is another place that an animal/bird has been keeping warm this winter. The bottom of the hole is filled with leaves and grass.

The next day the rain and snow returned and I did most of my looking out the window where I saw a female cardinal, a chickadee, and a male downy woodpecker.