Five days ago I published a post featuring the continuation of severe winter weather and wild turkeys struggling to survive. Within hours of that story, the average daily temperature rose 30 degrees F, deep snow cover began to consolidate and melt, and frozen surface waters started to thaw. Overwhelmed by the increasing intensity and duration of the March sun, Winter is in retreat.
The first thaw in over two months had an immediate and profound effect on winter landscapes and animal behaviors. One can see it, feel it, smell it — spring is just around the corner!
Dabbling and diving ducks on a narrow, ice-free section of a small, wooded canal (3):
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