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Seeking Rocks and Minerals with Tommy: Oct 26

My dearest Tommy and his brother Morris visited all the way from Texas to see my land and investigate the rocks and minerals. Despite some unfortunate car trouble, we eventually made it to the brook where Tommy gamely plunged into the frigid water in search of treasures.


This tough little Eastern Newt (Notophthalmus viridescens) was out and about, despite the cold.

Sadly, not a single thing was still blooming, but I was happy to find Winterberry (Ilex sp.) in fruit by the brook. It is an important winter food for birds.

My trail cam had also caught a few treasures over the previous month. The great blue heron is still visiting, as is a Hawk (Accipiter sp.) we have not been able to identify. I caught a Raccoon (Procyon lotor) and a Barred Owl (Strix varia) on camera for the first time!



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