THE GRUMPY DAVE EDITION
Despite the unseasonably cold weather, quite a bit of great stuff was happening in nature. A snowy owl spent a good part of Sunday hanging out at Long Lake. That’s always a thrill. We spotted an Orange Sulfur butterfly – our first of the year, and had a healthy fly hatch. A flock of 12 wood ducks were hanging out in the mud and water near the orienteering field. They are very pretty. In the open water around the beaver pond, we’ve spotted Hooded Mergansers, Mallards and Buffleheads. There are plenty of signs of beaver activities including fresh tree chews. The Robins have settled into our woods, and a flock of about 100 were observed flying over campus. Our first Red Winged Blackbird was spotted. In the plant world, the leaves of the wild strawberry plant are green and Pussywillows are blooming.