Ted, Another First, A Sign of Spring, and Snow - UPDATE March 22, 2020

Red squirrelRed squirrelTed came out yesterday and once again showed us that eating balsam fir needles is a definite spring activity—at least for him. And he loves his tub. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4u8PYiYaMRw Thank you, Pooch.

Holly made an appearance of sorts, looking out at the snow, and maybe thinking “It was never like this in Arkansas.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVUkoVCIIYM Thanks again, Pooch.

Deer with snowDeer with snowYesterday, before the snow of today, this red squirrel glanced at a competitor wondering whether to run or go after it.

A first of the year was the appearance of this raccoon in the wee hours this morning.

With some snow still falling, three deer looked in the window, possibly saying, “It’s officially spring, and we’re covered with snow!” They were granted a compassionate prescription of food.

A pair of American Goldfinches stopped by and showed how the male is trading his drab winter feathers for the bright yellow of summer that will include a black cap. His demure mate still has the browns and grays of winter.

Goldfinch male moltingGoldfinch male molting Goldfinch femaleGoldfinch female RaccoonRaccoon

The snow that fell today will melt over the next few days if the forecast of temperatures in the mid-forties (F) holds.

Thank you for all you do.
Lynn Rogers, Biologist, Wildlife Research Institute and North American Bear Center