Self-portrait, Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Hampden, MA.I apologize for the surly expression.
Well, I've done it. I've completed the literalization of my blog title. That's me above "crossing" the "Laughing Brook." (I "circled" the Smiling Pond/Pool a couple of summers ago).
This is the legendary backwoods of Thornton Burgess in his later days (he grew up in Sandwich) after he was established as a syndicated columnist and all round nature communicator (academic paper to come). See the Peter Rabbit post? It's the only real overt reminder of his legacy on the property.
I was afraid that given the current climate I wouldn't be seeing or hearing much of the Laughing Brook itself. I was partially right, but the brook emerged at intervals. Sometimes carving out very cool ice formations.
As for birds, not really the goal today. Lots of golden-crowned kinglets in the woods (and miserable photographic failures). But take a look at this. Bluebirds. A whole flock of them as soon as I stepped on the property. Posing even.