|Pileated Woodpecker Hole in White Pine|
A large pile of fresh wood chips, some as large as four inches long, are trademarks of the pileated.
I didn't get any pictures of the bird today, but here's one from last fall, investigating a stump right in our front yard.
|Side Trotting Red Fox Tracks|
The snow also brings on the best season for animal tracks. The most common is the fox; this set of tracks along the edge of the lake is a red fox travelling in a “side-trotting” stride, where it does not direct-register, so the hind track falls ahead of the front track. Here, the smaller, hind track is to the right and ahead of the front track.
On Saturday I took a long trip on the Arbutus Hill trail again, but even with the snow I saw no signs of wildlife. I did find a very nice outlook near the summit of Arbutus Hill, looking east towards the Corliss Hill, with the Wicwas Lodge (Lakeland School) clearly visible. Then, on the way home, right on Chemung Road where it passes between the lake and the swamp, an owl flew out of a tree right over me. It flew low along the road with slow, silent wing beats until it arced to the right over the swamp towards lake Winnisquam.
|View of Corliss Hill from Arbutus Hill|