Monday, January 12, 2009

D'oh! A Deer!

The boss, generous fellow that he is, gave me his cold on Monday. I toughed it out through the week, but yesterday it went from my throat where it was manageable to my nose giving me classic cold symptoms: sneezing, drizzly nose, off-focused gaze, slurry voice, and a head that feels like it's been stuffed with wet cotton. I'm taking the day off work today. Pairing that to my Tuesday off might put me back on my feet for Wednesday.
It's snowing right now. Big, fluffy flakes are just drifting out of the sky. Yesterday we had wind as well as snow, so they were going mostly horizontally. Pandora vastly prefers wallowing in the fresh powder to the crusty stuff we had left over from Xmas. Snow, fresh or old, means an opportunity for tracks. We've seen deer, squirrel, rabbit, and quite a few we can't identify. Last week I tried to find a way through the woods behind our house so I could walk Pandora and avoid the multiple hazards of Durham Road. We didn't find a way through that didn't involve trespassing, but we did find a number of -ummm- signs of deer occupation. And still we have yet to site a deer! Birds are more common: plenty of crows, chickadees, blue jays, an occasional cardinal, another bald eagle, and yesterday I think I saw a pine grosbeak. I haven't seen our turkeys since autumn.
I'm trying to get into the habit of taking Pandora for special walks on my Sundays off. Yesterday aside, we've been to Wolfe's Neck Woods and Winslow Park. Both were very picturesque with access to the coast. Winslow even had a sandy beach we'll have to revisit when the weather gets warmer.


  1. Do you think the lack of Turkeys coincided with Thanksgiving?

    Just a thought.


  2. Sorry to hear you you are sick. You have such an amazing variety of wildlife there. Be sure to post a picture of a cardinal if you get one (that's the mascot for Dan's school!)

  3. It's possible. We are in a semi-rural area, and I've heard gun fire in the away-from-town direction. But I've also heard that as the winter progresses deer and other animals retreat deeper into the woods. I hope that's right, because I haven't seen any new deer tracks in our yard since I took Pandora into our bit of woods. Oops.