This seemingly distinctive bird track was left on our deck one morning (and no, it didn't find any bird feeders).
I had a couple of other bird sightings this week. A pretty Pileated Woodpecker flew along beside me on a stretch of Chemung Road before it banked off into the forest. And this morning I caught glimpse of an enormous bird flying over the lake. It landed far away, high in the top of white pine. It had the size and behavior of a bald eagle, but through the binoculars it clearly didn't have the right markings. I concluded it was probably a Golden Eagle, and I have read about recent sightings of Goldens in the area. After it had landed, a smaller - yet still good sized bird, probably a crow - was harassing it, diving at it in the tree. With each pass the eagle stabbed at the diving bird with its massive beak, and seeing that weapon, the attacker never got very close. The eagle was eating something, so I wonder if it had taken a meal from the crow. It's also possible the crow was just trying to drive it from its territory. Either way, the crow only made a few passes before it gave up and moved on. I captured some poor pictures, but with the far distance it was the best I could do. With better ice I would have tried to get a closer approach, but not yet.