Enjoying the Outdoors
Saturday, January 09, 2010
My cabin fever got the best of me yesterday and I winterized myself and braved the 17 degree temps. It actually wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. After I got outside I decided I liked it and stayed there for about an hour. I walked my 4/5 mile long path through the woods which was fun. It was very quiet except for the occasional chirring of a woodpecker and the wind rustling dead leaves still clinging to their branches. I didn't see any animals but could see their footprints where they had been walking in the snow - deer, dogs, cats, rabbits, squirrels. Sometimes I was the first one to use certain parts of the path but usually an animal had beaten me to it. In some areas a lot of animals had congregated so I wondered what the attraction was. Party!! LOL. Every once in a while there was a hole dug in this snow about the size of a large cantaloupe or basketball by some animal digging up some food. I usually see some kind of droppings but yesterday there were none so I assume that they are not finding much to eat. I left some food out for them by the woodpile. They also get into the compost scraps I put in the bin.
The most striking thing about being outside in the winter is how the cardinals look against the dreary landscape. We have a lot of brush on our property so we have a lot of cardinals who live here and they are always at the feeders. Yesterday there was about 20 of them surrounding the feeders. Some birds like chickadees, titmice, and finches will get a seed and leave but the cardinals like to stay. The males spend too much time challenging each other when they should be eating.
I cleaned the snow off the outdoor furniture and the swings and enjoyed swinging for a while. It was a nice day.