Sunday, January 10, 2010

OK snapshot: Tunn is (thin ice)

OK and I took a walk at Plainsboro Preserve near Princeton today, to see if we could find an eagle. We didn't, but we saw thousands of Canada geese in the old quarry lake (here with very thin ice on it), and a little further away were 400 snow geese. Some ruddy ducks ('kopparand') and mallard ducks liked the open water in the ice too. While we were walking we suddenly saw a red fox running towards us and when it finally saw us it veered off into the forest. Soon after another one showed up, also very healthy looking with a very bushy tail. One turned back, and then a third (or maybe fourth) showed up and one of the first foxes didn't like the last one - they screamed and yelped at each other, and then the last one got chased through the forest. I have never heard such loud fox sounds before, it was nearly like screaming birds.

We also saw gorgeous cobolt blue-backed bluebirds, blue jays, yellow-rumped warblers eating bayberries ('porsfrukter'), a mockingbird, goldfinches, mourning doves, red-bellied woodpecker, and traces of beaver parties. It was a really good day.

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