On the plus side, it provided enough snow for probably the last ski trip up to the White Mountain Ledge and Arbutus Hill. Although by Saturday afternoon the strong sun melted the snow right down to bare ground where there was good exposure, there is still a good foot of snow in most of the woods, with close to two feet in the protected areas. I found fox tracks along the ridge near the ledge, as well as turkey tracks which I have not seen there before.
|Turkey Tracks near the White Mountain Ledge|
The sun has brought out the first insects of the year. By Saturday afternoon there were hundreds of tiny snow fleas on the snow in the warmer areas. I have seen these as early as January in a warm year, and as late as May. They are about the size of a grain of sand, and easy to miss, as they look like tree debris that is also scattered over the snow.
I found more signs of the pileated woodpecker being active in the area.
Taking a walk along the north side of the lake I found some open water at the in let, but not much.
|First Spring Blossom|