Yesterday, I watched the Pileated Woodpecker work at excavating a hole in one of the dead trees, at the edge of the woods. It's always a treat, for me, to see one flying around my yard. I also saw two Flickers looking for insects in the wood chip pile. I haven't seen them around this winter. The Red-tailed Hawks have been doing a dance in the trees along the property line. I watched the two of them hopping from one branch to another. I suspect it's some sort of courting ritual.
While I was working at the computer yesterday I glanced up and looked out the window to see seven deer running at top speed along the bottom path.
I don't think anything was chasing them,I think they were just enjoying the warmer weather and having a good run. They did all stop up by the Moon Goddess statue, to just hang around and eat berries off the bushes. It was glorious to see them running and leaping.
The Turkeys have been coming by every day to check out what birdseed has fallen from the feeders. They don't even run or fly away when they see my head through the window. I'm not sure I want them becoming that tame.
According to "Jimmy", the groundhog, who poked his head out on the 2nd, in this part of the state we are supposed to still have between 8-10 weeks of winter.
It's hard to believe that when today it's up to 46 degrees and the snow is sinking and melting. OH and I saw a Purple Finch this morning at the bird feeder. I haven't seen one of those all winter.
You can tell I'm excited about a change in the season, can't you? lol
Frankly, now that I've had my knee replacements and my knees work better than ever I'm anxious to get out into the garden, plant some more prairie plants in the prairie and just take walks outside in the yard with Murphy.
Our walks in the figure eight that John made with the snow blower, in the back yard, have gotten a little icky. I have to carry a shovel with me to cover the turkey poop so Murphy won't eat it. TMI? lol
I'm anxious for a change but I'm still enjoying all the beautiful contrasts of blue sky and white landscape with the gorgeous tree shapes.