Today is a warm-up day, the temperature is comfortably above freezing for the first time since Thanksgiving and I decided to head out across the Webb River into Back Kingdom. After a month of reading nature blogs and re-reading Bernd Heinrich's The Winter World and Donald Stokes, A Nature Guide to Winter, I had a heightened awareness of all sorts of subtle nature activity as I headed into the woods.
I was excited to find a dead tree that was tipping a bit and was all washed out under the roots. so I crawled up into the hollowed space
expecting a bear--or at least tracks or scat of an animal that might have taken shelter in there, but no signs, I'll keep checking it through the winter. There seemed to be a tunnel at the back of the hollow, but I wasn't brave enough to stick anything in to see what might stir from its torpor.