|Sunrise after the storm|
|Sticky snow dried out nicely once it got cold|
|Just enough snow to allow some November skiing|
Change happens fast around here sometimes. On Tuesday Lake Wicwas was mostly open water, but Wednesday the snow dropped in the lake made it look like the lake was starting to freeze over.
|Slush on the lake about a third of the way across|
|Opened up again after the wind|
A frozen lake makes travel for animals much easier - even if we get a lot of snow because the wind will firm it up - and the lighter animals are already taking advantage of it. Our local bobcat came by to hunt for squirrels yesterday. We heard a ruckus outside in the early evening; going to investigate we found the source: squirrels high-tailing it for safety having seen a bobcat approaching on the lake.
|Not taking much care to be covert|
|Now it's on the prowl as it comes up off the lake|
|Creeping toward the feeders|
|Highly focused on something|
|But nothing here left to see|
|He/she will be back to hunt again!|
So this cat went away hungry tonight, at least from our yard, though with the plentiful stock of rodents this year, I expect it won't have much trouble finding a meal. I'm hoping for more sightings, and maybe even a chance to see a bobcat catch a squirrel under the feeder. If this snow keeps up there will be lots of good stalking opportunities for the predator, and difficult escapes for the prey.
A late update: there were fresh bear tracks in the soft snow today. Bird feeders are back in the house.