Late Winter Highlights, 2016

The late winter weather has been a roller coaster ride. In just the last week or so, seventy-degree swings in temperature were accompanied by snow squalls; balmy, spring-like days; dark gray skies and cold rains; freezing water; melting ice….and anything else you can imagine. This is the week in review, minus all of the bad stuff!

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The Chenango Canal under a thin sheet of ice (Feb. 23)

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Cold rain and runoff formed ice along a small stream

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A Chipmunk appears above ground for the first time in 2016 –  its enthusiasm  dampened by a cold, winter rain (Feb. 24)

 

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A Canada Goose exploring, and defending, open water (Feb. 25)

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Deer moving freely, foraging in the middle of the day;  in most years, movement would be limited by deep snow (Feb. 27)

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Stubby the Red Squirrel, with an exciting discovery on the rapidly melting snow cover (Feb. 28)……..

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Stubby, dozing in the late morning sun on a frigid day

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Eastern Hemlock, “old growth”

Photos by NB Hunter. © All Rights Reserved.

 

 

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