As of yesterday afternoon, the snow and ice were virtually gone in the woods’ trails that are frequently traveled by the local wildlife and tamelife (hikers). However, there still are favorite deer trails that are icy bone-breakers, passable only by hoofed and clawed wildlife and booted and cleated tamelife.


The wooded streams mostly have escaped their icy cages:


The ponds are in the process of opening their waters for the Spring waterfowl tourists; some still have relatively thick ice, others just a film that will disappear if we don’t have a cold snap:.

Vernal pools have formed and are awaiting a “Big Night” for salamanders and other amphibians to come for their annual dark orgy:


We’ve seen no Red-Winged Blackbirds yet, but there are reports of them being close. (Brooklin, Maine)