The streams are flowing well with snow melt now, but there is still enough snow cover to form bridges to cross over them if you travel up or down stream a bit.
In a field there were a few well-melted tracks I couldn't identify, but following them into the woods it became clear it was a turkey - or actually four of them. I've seen their tracks around the lake only a few times this winter.
|Yes, that's a real finger|
Then along the lake edge I came across a set mink tracks that followed along my ski trail from last weekend.
In this print I could just barely make out that there are two paw imprints in each footprint in this "2 by 2" trail. The front feet land first, and then the rear feet land right on top of the front prints.
An audible sign of spring was the honking of Canada geese, as a group of three flew over the lake looking for enough water to take up their summer residence. I wonder how many will make Lake Wicwas their home this summer....
I also came upon yet another interesting beaver tree. It must have been an inexperienced beaver that took this one down, as it didn't cut enough away on the lake side, so it split high up on the trunk, leaving an interesting landmark on the lake.
And even when you think you're surrounded by wilderness, signs of humans jump out at you. I was standing right next to this tree stand before I even realized it was there. I wonder if this hunter did as well as the coyotes this year.
One other great sign of spring today: the sugar shack on Chemung Road was boiling! Fresh maple syrup will be ready soon; I'm already thinking about this summer's blueberry pancakes!