|Fox scat with an unusual bright-white object sticking out|
At least it looked like a bone to me. But after separating it to look closer, it didn't have the structure of any bone I could recall.
|Hollow and folded construction made me think bird|
So when I got home I sent a few pictures to Russ to see what he could offer. He immediately proposed that it was a tooth. Since I happen to have a couple of animal jaws that I have collected from my walks over the years I went to look them over.
|Deer and beaver bones|
|Deer teeth are sharp and pointy|
|Beaver teeth however have that folded characteristic|
After a few steps forward, spring took a step backward this week with another cold stretch and a touch of snow that brought us back to winter scenes.
|Wicwas from Crockett's Ledge|
But the past few days have put us back on the right track, with ice in Meredith Bay receding down the lake, and the ice on Wicwas showing signs of softening as it turns from white to dark gray.
|Ice in Meredith Bay is almost to Church Landing|
|There is a large section of Wicwas that had turned black by noon today|
I also saw my first Great Blue Heron of the season, fishing in the ice off the Harris Conservation Area, and just today, the first wood frogs were singing in a vernal pool, calling to their mates that spring is here. Other signs of spring are joining in too:
|Bright Blue Jays|
|An oak is born|
It won't be much longer now, and with the weather finally changing I look forward to seeing more friends out on the trails - and soon enough on the lakes - with more mysteries to share and solve.
Late breaking news: The first loons were spotted on Lake Wicwas today, in the open channel of water along the north side of the lake! (Thanks AC & TC!)