It seemed like a regular ol’ walk to The M today, with nothing too special going on. MD was along, but as it was just she and I, she stayed at my heel….seems like she wants to keep her pack in view.
Still beautiful scenery, of course, and we’re lucky to not be included in the deep freeze that most of the continent is experiencing. I was walking in my shirt sleeves. Not too many people around today. Just a quick walk up (walking at my natural pace, the climb of around 900′ took 37 minutes…not too bad and a vast improvement over the early days…yeah!), a brief rest at the top and then back down.
It was near the end of the trail that I heard the first non-Townsend Solitaire sound of the season. I stopped and “phsssed” (birders will know what that is!) and out of a clump of shrubby branches came two red-breasted nuthatches. Not uncommon, I suspect, but the woods have been so quiet all winter it was nice to hear and see them. Also appearing along with the nuthatches were a few chickadees…I’ll go check on which they were…yeah!…Google images shows they were mountain chickadees which I’ve not seen up close before (us being recent transplants to this area). They’ve been around, too…but today brought nice, close-up views. And, with all that calling…maybe spring isn’t too far off.
And the sky brightened just a bit…
Stay warm, everyone!