The sun sticks around a little more each day. Until the summer solstice anyway) For those of us who can sense the lack of sunlight in our lives, today is a big day of the year. The sun looked a little strange this morning coming up through a light frozen fog, but it is now shining through quite nicely.
Some of the naturalists or hunters in our readership will know what I am talking about, but this morning I listened to the daytime inhabitants of the forest waking up. I say daytime because as one group is awakening, the others are going to find a place to sleep.
Many might think the forest is quiet. Remember the old question that if a tree falls and no one is around, does it make a sound? We know the answer to that, but to some the forest is quiet, compared to waking up on the streets of a city, for sure.
Occasionally I heard "man made " things like truck far off, the train, or a plane miles up in the sky, but as daylight came, so did the sounds of little birds, squirrels, crows, Jays, cows waiting impatiently to be fed, the farmers who were feeding them, a Barred owl saying good night to their community and one sound that I could not identify. It happened so quickly and never repeated, so I really started wondering if I had heard it
Barred Owl link: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ei=Ie4sS_izOI26lAe7vKjXAg&sa=X&oi=spell&resnu...
At dusk, it is common to hear dogs barking the "twilight bark" but in the morning they are usually quiet unless something or someone is really bugging them. This morning I heard "things" working the leaves even though they are wet and soft right now. Maybe there were chipmunks, or mice moving about, but definitely not snakes. They must have been close and probably appreciate my feeding the cats, so they are not actively on their "to catch" list.
The light rain that was barely making a sound two days ago was silent, but their seemed to be something to take its place. Like the sometimes loud noise of the bird flocks taking off from their overnight resting place, or when they change direction suddenly. Ever heard that? Oh yes, let me not forget the murmurings of the cats as they interacted with each other around the food trays.
Either way, the knowing it was the Winter Solstice had a way of making it all sound great! Winter Solstice link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_solstice