Today at the Council Springs




Snow-covered beaver dam at the Council Springs

Snow-covered beaver dam on the shore of Ho-Nee-Um Pond.  

It’s just past the middle of February. Snow covers the ground.  The sun is shining bright and the temperature is approaching 30 degrees F,  so I walked down to the Council and Dancing Sands Springs along Monroe Street to see what was going on.  I was hoping to see or hear Sandhill cranes which, according to the phenology calendar, should have arrived last Friday.

No such luck today, but a flock of 14 mallards were floating and grazing in the Ho-Nee-Um Pond, which is kept ice free by the warm waters of the springs.   A few Black-capped chickadees, along with a calling Red-bellied woodpecker  were inspecting tree trunks.  The red osier dogwood along the shore of Lake Wingra was just starting to show some color.  Somewhere, further off, was the sound of a hairy woodpecker.  Along the boardwalk I startled a pair of mourning doves.SGlass_20160206SGlass_20160206DSC_2467-2

Also, surprisingly, I spotted a couple of rose flowers floating the in the Dancing Sands spring.  Someone, probably from a wedding party, had tossed them in.



Or were the roses floating downstream because of a Valentine’s Days sorrow or celebration.  One wonders what the story of the roses is about.




About Steve Glass

The blogger is a restoration ecologist, Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (#0093 SER) and writer living in the Midwestern United States.
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