Date: 12/30/19 11:40 am From: Deb Hale <debhale72...> Subject: Kris Kringle
It feels like old Kris Kringle has been leaving me little secret santa treats this week, post-Christmas, to brighten up some of these dreary end-of-year days:
Red-headed Woodpeckers - they're back at Murphy Farm, last seen this afternoon, and there were 2! Again, an adult and a juvenile but the younger had a browner head than the one I'd reported Nov. 30. Located in same location, however - between the farm gate and the lookout to St. Peter's church.
Wild Turkeys - 14-20 of them foraging in the field at Altona Marsh, clustered near the gravel lane, looking a lot like a flock of vultures.
Northern harrier - at North Schoolhouse coursing low above the upper field, alighting again in the grass to preen or eat her lunch.
And then there was the titmouse with a wooly bear in his mouth; and several red-bellied woodpeckers in a hurry to hunt down tree cavities to store acorns; and the small flock of savannah sparrows flying into the locust tree. Sweet!