Fun in the sun, at the beginning of winter (Dec. 16, 2017)

//Fun in the sun, at the beginning of winter (Dec. 16, 2017)

Photo of two small girls playing in the winter woods

Photo of Macoun Club group at lunch fire

The Pakenham Hills were perfect for a field trip today — fresh, fluffy snow six inches deep that we could walk through easily, unusual rocks and logs to play on, and abundant dry firewood for a lunch fire. The forest was criss-crossed with tracks we identified as Coyote, Snowshoe Hare, White-tailed Deer, Fisher, and various small mammals — weasels, voles, mice, and shrews.

We saw three deer, too, and an immature Bald Eagle. Turkeys had kicked up the leaf litter right through the snow in several places; we thought they might have been looking for acorns. Late arriving members, coming in long after the rest of us had passed, reported startling a large flock of the big birds right on our trail: “They put their necks up straight, and then burst into the air!”

We visited the landowner’s cabin — he wasn’t home — and left a Christmas gift and card signed by all of us.

2017-12-17T02:57:40+00:00 December 17th, 2017|Macoun Field Club|

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Naturalist. Macoun Club member 1965-74; Macoun Club leader since 1985.

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