Before I went on my long walk I stopped at the chicken coop to open the doors and check for eggs. I found three in the barrel, along with a chicken. I took all three eggs and put them in my pocket but one of them must have had a thin shell because it promptly broke as I did so. I’m not disgusted by much, but a warm gooey egg popping in my pocket is one of them. I threw the shell out in disdain, along with an egg covered tissue. I bent down and rubbed my hand off in the snow and went on my walk with a soggy pocket leaving egg residue on my jeans with each step.
I was glad I had decided to put on boots as I walked through hard snow, slushy snow, mud, running water, puddles, and regular ol’ dry forest ground, too. My feet stayed dry. It was 50 degrees and I wore a sweatshirt and a jacket and was nice and warm.
I thought this was fun, doesn’t it look like a mushroom?
Soon my eyes were opeed and I was seeing alive things, mainly birds…….
Birds have such elegant lines.
This one was flying SO SO FAST!!!
Like a rocket going across the sky.
I sat down on the hill and looked at my phone, lost in my own little world and resting in the fresh air and quiet. Then, I looked up to see a brown animal walking straight toward me out of the woods.
We looked right into each other’s eyes and gazed. Then, as I picked up my camera, he turned around to run away. Thankfully he stopped to look back a couple of times.
He lifted his upper lip and showed me his smile.
Then he ran off like a little bear.
Never in all my days!!!
I figured out it was a fisher, the second largest member of the weasel family in our area, the first being a river otter. I read online that fishers are useful in eating porcupines, however they are also known to eat housecats. This one better not eat any of my housecats! Or chickens!
Well, nothing could top that but I kept trudging along nice and slow. I stood here in the woods for a while listening to a woodpecker, the thing about them being they sound so close but you peer and peer and can’t see them. Finally I stopped being stealthy and moved in confidence and sure enough it flew and I saw it but then of course I coudn’t take a photo. But I did see another small and sweet bird busy buzzing up and down tree bark looking for insects to eat.
See if you can spy it.
Doesn’t it look soft?
And such a small sharp beak, too.
A charming trail.
It’s amazing to me that the moss stays so brilliantly emerald throughout the winter months.
It was eating. But how did the food get there? Did he put it there? Did it fall in from the trees above? Was it a bug?
And then I came out of the woods and saw what I had been searching for all along.
A spot of blue, and then………. a spot of red.
I ended my walk the same way I began it, in the chicken coop. There were two more eggs, for a total of five this morning.
PS, Mom this post was for you.