Midwinter thaw

Winter pond visitors

It’s been cold & snowy here, just like most of the US and Europe, thanks to the North Atlantic Oscillation. There’s not a lot of open water in our urban neighborhood even when it’s not covered in snow and ice, so the pond waterfall and deicer bring in critter visitors.  The birdfeeder has also had lots of customers, but the squirrels continue to be frustrated by our use of hot bird seed.

Fortunately, the NAO is going back to more normal values, and we’re now above freezing for the first time in 20 days.  Spring seems a long ways away, but I am halfway between my usual last Bloom Day post of the year (mid-November) and my first (mid-March).  I can’t wait to see if the snowdrops I planted a couple of months ago come up even before that!

3 responses to this post.

  1. Yay for milder temps!


  2. What kind of tracks are those?


  3. Posted by lakechicagoshores on January 17, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Probably mostly cat tracks from the ferals in the neighborhood, but also squirrels and raccoons like to come take a drink.


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