Anya rescued a frog today. It had rained overnight, and the frog somehow hopped on top of our chicken tractor. It got stuck in the screen that covers the top of the tractor. Anya managed to pick up the frog, and she carried it back to our pond. It hopped out of her hands when they were close to the pond.
I thought I saw a robin yesterday, but I wasn’t able to get a picture of it. Today, though, we were outside working on the nesting boxes and I saw half a dozen robins in one of the trees. We need to make some suet and get the feeders out!
It was warm over the weekend, rained Monday — and, as the temperature dropped, it changed over to ice and snow. The tree branches are all covered in a bit of ice with a lot of snow sticking to the ice. With saplings drooping over and tree boughs pulled down, we have a winter wonderland.
The moon rose tonight as the sun was setting, which produced a beautiful combination of colors.
Another cool mushroom growing in our yard
Shelf mushrooms growing on a tree stump in the woods
We’ve been making suet and putting out seed for the birds, and I was thinking about making some nesting boxes this summer. In looking for ideas, I came across woodcrete boxes – a mixture of sawdust, concrete, and maybe clay. If I can figure out how to make a form for them, I think we’ll cast some woodcrete nest boxes this summer.
There was a little bird hopping through the snow by our suet cakes: