Just a short mid-afternoon walk, mainly along the powerline right-of-way. Besides those animal signs mentioned below, I saw tracks of deer and of racoon. I was happy to see no sign of recent heavy equipment use, like that which had worried me a year ago March, and a few days earlier. The light was getting a little too low for good photos, unlike earlier winter walks.
Bird, probably tufted titmouse, brought down by a predator.
I saw signs like these in three different places.
American beech holds its leaves long after they die.
I was quite proud of myself that I walked almost a mile of the right-of-way without breaking any ice. There was little sign I had passed.
I was pleased to see that even the local 4-wheeler crowd tried to avoid the ice.
Mole? Very long snout catches my attention. Not much sign of foul play.
High tension tower was a gathering place for birds--about a thousand. Why this tower? No idea. The nearby wooden towers were empty, as were the other steel towers. Consensus? Attraction to the birds already there by chance? Food sources?