Our latest arrival in the park this morning is this little chipmunk beside the Oak Leaf Trail. I read that they hibernate for the winter and are now re-emerging. I’ve spotted them a few times over the past week or two throughout the park, but this was the first one to sit still a bit for me. Actually, there were two of them, and they both seemed torn between chasing each other and freezing so I wouldn’t see them.
The geese are all still doing their thing on the pond. The goose on the southern tip of the island is still incubating, and the one on the northern tip is perhaps still laying. The were at least two more couples, and their clocks have got to be ticking now. Time to lay eggs or find another spot.
Oddly, there wasn’t a duck on the pond this morning during either of my visits, but happily, there are still ducks on the river, and the goldeneye odd-couple seem to have joined forces with the buffleheads. Mallards are still plentiful.
Lastly, the cardinals are still staking out their territory as loudly as ever, and since the sky finally started to turn blue again this morning, here’s your splash of color.