Yesterday some of the bird feeders were on the ground and the squirrels were gorging on seeds. I assumed it was due to storm conditions, maybe heavy ice or wind. Wrong! The raccoons come out at night and knock the feeders to the ground. It's cold. The critters are hungry and desperate.
Despite the cold it's fun to stroll and observe. I've seen how feisty the pine siskens are, how beautiful the winter coloration of the grackle is, how trusting my favorite hermit thrush is, how big a nut a small bird can carry away, how aggressive a hungry squirrel can get. This stretch of cold weather is very hard on the park residents.