On this third week of April the snow on the fields disappeared and the last of the ice in the harbour sunk. With spring in mind, I awoke making plans to get caught up on my farming and firewood harvest but man was I rudely awaken when I looked out the window.
I looked out the window at our dimly lit fields hoping to see some wildlife and check the weather. Surely I am having a nightmare or seeing things. I wiped my eyes in disbelief then looked again. There was about 3 inches of snow on the ground which wasn’t forecasted and was the last thing on my mind. Even as a kid this was my worse weather nightmare as it always threw a monkey wrench into my fly fishing and wood harvest plans.
I attempted to feed the injured fox and I felt the door resist. Six inches of snow blew against the door. With the wind howling and the snow falling, I had no choice but to except yet another delay to my plans. Two days ago, I took off my snowblower and put on my logging winch. I was convinced winter was over.
All the same, I was happy I put the logging winch on because a young neighbour had his truck stuck in his sister’s field. The logging winch cable reached his truck and I was able to pull him out so I was happy to help.
I guess I don’t have much to complain about compared to the wildlife. This is the injured fox that was in bad shape just 3 months ago. We fed him up as he was to lame to get his own food. Note his broken ear and the lame position he holds his back leg. Also note the black behind his ear. Something tore this skin and now the skin is hanging. Possible cause of his injuries is a car, a coyote or an eagle. He seems like he is doing ok now but the snow challenged his morning hunt so I gave him some scraps. Here is the youtube video.https://youtu.be/Qo-9Qwe8r24
Three weeks ago when the snow was crusted I found this dead partridge. I did an exploratory why he died. He had a broken neck. My neighbour who is a great hunter says they frequently try to dive deep into the snow for protection from the elements or predators. During this dive they meet the hard crust and they break their neck. My neighbour claims that near 80 for the fatality this time of years is caused by this misjudgement.
For those of you who prefer videos, here is this posting youtube style. https://youtu.be/Qo-9Qwe8r24