The days are getting shorter and the weather colder. The last of the leaves are now gone on most of the trees, and we now see the animals near our home readying for the long winter ahead. In Minnesota we have about 5 months of winter and snow. During this time we see the animal coats turning from light brown to gray, and for some, white. Along with these changes, their fur also gets coarser and thicker as a way to fend off the cold that comes with the long winter. When looking out the window, we see many times the tracks of various animals in the snow, all heading to a predetermined destinations.
They are flying high in the sky, not seeming to have any desire to stop or rest. They know instinctively that they must get as far south as possible in their quest for survival. The eagles and birds of prey either stay close to the open water in the river, or they are seen heading further south where the water is open year round. This makes it easier for them to catch their fish, and other water prey, all adding to their chances of survival. Snowy owls will soon arrive from the north along with the ever-present snowbirds that come from the cold Artic Circle. Birds such as the nuthatch, chickadee, sparrow, tufted tit mouse, and varied finches are now present at our feeders, all trying to stock up on food to gain the needed winter fat, all in an effort to weather the cold that is coming soon.
|Will enjoying his heritage.|
|Playing in the snow.|
|Our land of the North Country|