The Mountain Log

A week-by-week look at what is happening in nature.

A special thanks to Virginia Barlow’s Ginny’s Calendar in Northern Woodlands Magazine.

by Rick Leche

Week 49

Red-breasted nuthatches are territorial in winter; a pair will defend about 10 acres / Look for evergreen wood fern and Christmas fern in the woods and for rock polypody on rocky outcrops before the snow gets deep. These ferns stay green all winter / Noisy flocks of pine grosbeaks (chee-chip or chee-chip-chip) will leave the hulls of white ash seeds on the ground after feeding on the seeds / Roadkill may account for an increase in the winter crow population.


Photo by Rick Leche

Week 48

Red-breasted nuthatches are territorial in winter; a pair will defend about 10 acres / Look for evergreen wood fern and Christmas fern in the woods and for rock polypody on rocky outcrops before the snow gets deep. These ferns stay green all winter / Noisy flocks of pine grosbeaks (chee-chip or chee-chip-chip) will leave the hulls of white ash seeds on the ground after feeding on the seeds / Roadkill may account for an increase in the winter crow population.


Photo by dmott9

Week 47

Mice will move indoors after a heavy snow. Considering their size, they make a lot of noise / Until snow covers them, blueberry bushes will be browsed by deer / The glossy, toothed leaves of pipsissewa, or prince’s pine, stay green all winter. Its botanical name, Chimaphila, is from the Greek and means “to love winter”.


Photo by dmott9

Week 46

Mice will move indoors after a heavy snow. Considering their size, they make a lot of noise / Until snow covers them, blueberry bushes will be browsed by deer / The glossy, toothed leaves of pipsissewa, or prince’s pine, stay green all winter. Its botanical name, Chimaphila, is from the Greek and means “to love winter”.


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