Out for a ski today—so clearly mid- February. A large flock of goldfinches in winter drab show up this time of year. The pileated woodpecker, his mate somewhere within a few hundred yards, drums again from a big basswood tree at the edge of the woods. They, too, feel the sun climbing high into the sky by noon, the shorter nights and longer days!
Sketch and words by Nona Estrin, who would like to thank Nicole Galipeau for providing Nature Watch while Nona was on vacation.