|The (partially) frozen Musconetcong, a nationally recognized |
"Wild and Scenic River."
There is a whole world going on in an around the icy river these days, completely undeterred by the ice and snow. The snow actually helped to reveal creatures that I hadn't been aware of, like the river otter and a cave-dwelling red fox...
|Otter scat and tracks along the riverbank.|
|Otter scat detail: it's filled with fish scales.|
|The otters' "snow slide."|
|A tiny cave in a riverside cliff with fox tracks leading into it.|
A guy named Steve who was out walking by the river (the first self-described "tracker" I've ever chanced upon in the woods) kindly pointed me to this black duck carcass. I regularly see flocks of 10-15 black ducks on the river (along with dozens of Canada geese and the occasional common merganser), but never their ubiquitous cousin the mallard...
|The remains of an American black duck found on iced-over eddy. |
Possibly killed by the fox that left prints all around it.
|Close up of the iridescent patch on the black duck's wing.|
|A muskrat swimming comfortably in the icy waters.|