Backyard Visitor

It’s the second year in a row we’ve had a juvenile Cooper’s hawk drop by the backyard feeder looking for a nibble. I can tell when something predatory is nearby (usually a house cat) because it gets very quiet with no songbirds in sight. This young hawk took in the sights for about an hour before spending ten minutes on a rather thorough feather grooming routine.

I love my tail feathers
Oh no that one doesn't look right
Gotta give it some tough love
Wait is someone filming this!?

NW Wisconsin tangent

It’s hard to beat Cable Wisconsin for cross country skiing and this year it’s one of the few nearby locations with good snow. This is the quiet sports section of Wisconsin catering to canoeing, biking, snowshoeing and yes cross country skiing with the famed Birkebeiner and other excellent trail systems.