Walk in the woods

The serenity of the woods and the sky
The serenity of the woods and the sky

Yesterday was so amazingly gorgeous and sunny that we decided to take a walk through our woods all the way down to the local sandpit. I wouldn’t have trudged through the snow which is still quite deep in places, but there is a sled trail that runs along one edge of our property that heads straight into the pit. And since it has been heavily used this winter by the snowmobilers, we had a fairly stable path to follow. It was beautiful, and the walk was made even more fun as we had our grandson for a visit.

A woodpecker's work is never done!
A woodpecker’s work is never done!

The path was easy walking as long as we didn’t get too close to the edge of the trail. All of us went in up to our knees multiple times, but we had a lot of fun. Extreme blue sky, naked trees and the snow were spectacular. Our grandson was watching for birds and squirrels, but in the middle of the afternoon it was very quiet in the woods. Our big bird-related discovery was the tree that our resident Pileated Woodpecker has been working on… Holy cow, I have never seen a tree so full of holes! All the way around the trunk are giant craters, with an enormous pile of shavings under the tree. Judging by the fact that there is such a big pile there, the bird must have done most of his/her work since the last snow! Wow is all I can say. That’s one hungry pecker :*)

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