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!
The Chenango Canal under a thin sheet of ice (Feb. 23)
Cold rain and runoff formed ice along a small stream
A Chipmunk appears above ground for the first time in 2016 – its enthusiasm dampened by a cold, winter rain (Feb. 24)
A Canada Goose exploring, and defending, open water (Feb. 25)
Deer moving freely, foraging in the middle of the day; in most years, movement would be limited by deep snow (Feb. 27)
Stubby the Red Squirrel, with an exciting discovery on the rapidly melting snow cover (Feb. 28)……..
Stubby, dozing in the late morning sun on a frigid day
Eastern Hemlock, “old growth”
Photos by NB Hunter. © All Rights Reserved.