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Tangle of Ice

December 10th, 2007

     It rained and became even icier last night… to my dismay I have to admit.  Schools were closed due to icy roads, but it’s beautiful outside… except for our Bayberry tree.  This one has been growing for many years, but the center trunk split last year during the ice storm, and now it’s almost flattened again.

Bayberry tree flattened by the ice

The fields look like a tangle of ice!  I saw two Kestrels and a Red-Tailed Hawk sitting in trees yesterday.   I wonder if they have a hard time finding prey when the ice has everything frozen like a protective cage?

 Grassy tangle of ice in the field

    I only saw a Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) a few times last winter, but the’ve been at the feeder often now.  I wonder if it has anything to do with the early spring freeze, and not having as many native berries or nuts around now?  I watched the Blue Jays flying around the Oak trees eating acorns earlier in the fall, but there’s not many available now.   The squirrel population may suffer for a couple years too, but we’ll feed the ones that come here!

 A Blue Jay at the feeder during ice storm

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