Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A few mild days

We had rain, and temperatures a few degrees above freezing... and all the birds and beasts have come out to play. Raccoons in the garbage. A team of about twenty young deer hanging out on street corners and getting into trouble. Squirrels running on roofs and finding ways inside.

We startled a blue heron this morning: he was fishing in the water by the side of Forest Road. He flew a little further up the street, eyed the ditch there, then scooted off, legs trailing.

The swans are grazing the wetlands: we have about ten of them this year who are staying close. Juveniles, as big as their parents, but still dirty-grey; the ugly ducklings ready to be beautiful.

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