On his walks in Bill's Woods to survey birds of this area, David Liebl also "came across two opossum, one foraging in the large compost pile in the SE corner of the gardens (see photo) and the second dead under the pines just east of the pile. The second had fresh wounds on its tail and looked like its spine had been bitten. There were no tracks," but David suspects a dog, "because none of it was eaten."
Read more about Opossum in the Preserve and Wisconsin in the recent winter issue of the Friends newsletter. "The male opossum forages farthest. Females stay closer to the transient shelters they adopt: rock shelves, brush piles, hollow logs, or old mammal burrows." They bear two litters a year, in midwinter and spring."
On this balmy Sunday, February 23, when the path to Picnic Point turned from ice to slush, this mallard couple delighted people on the Friends Birding field trip and passersby as well. Lila Walsh, on these walk with MJ Morgan, captured them courting with her camera. They were enjoying one of the few spots of open water along the shore. Mallard breeding season begins in early March. Female mallards like to breed where they were hatched!
Gisela Kutzbach and contributors