Happy New Year! It’s been too long since my last blog post.
On Tuesday Ordinary Spouse returned from a hike with tales of a bird imprint in the snow. She was still trying to understand what she saw, and Middle Daughter and I pulled on boots and coats and joined her for a second look. This is what OS had found…
That’s a one-meter measuring stick, so you have a sense of how large this thing was.
At first, we thought the wing imprint (and disturbed snow) was a hawk capturing prey. Ordinary Spouse noted that there were turkey tracks all over the hillside, including a set leading up to the landing site.
“Turkey?!?!” I responded incredulously. “What kind of crazy hawk takes on a turkey?”
But then we noted that the tracks led away from this spot. Eventually, we concluded that this was a spot where a turkey landed.
After seeing the wing imprints, Middle Daughter and I did a little more hiking around Pine Run. Two and a half months ago, this tributary of Jacob’s Creek was crashing down the hillside after Hurricane Sandy…
Finally, let the record show that our five-day forecast includes a predicted high of 63 °F on Saturday, January 12th. Balmy.