Although the temperatures for the day were still below normal for this time of year, January 13 did bring with it a slight break in the cold we’ve been experiencing lately. I was able to shed one layer of clothes for the day.
Further proof of a definite warm-up was evidenced by a Groundhog seen browsing in the grass next to the Ornithopter in Catch the Wind. This mid-January date is nearly two weeks before Groundhog Day! Unfortunately, I don’t have an image of the early riser to show you (I took a picture, but accidently deleted it from my camera).
The same day, a Painted Turtle apparently thought it warm enough to crawl out onto a log to bask in the sun!
As if the appearance of the groundhog and turtle were not evidence enough of the warm-up, sap was pouring out of a maple tree in Catch the Wind. The holes, drilled by a woodpecker, were also attracting insects, and other birds to the sweet tasting sap.
Today, it’s supposed to be even warmer, so I’m signing off and heading outside!
Enjoy the day.