With short-tailed shrew in one of its tracks. Possibly red fox; didn't get to see many clear/unmelted tracks. Scent mark smelled more like gray.
Consistent with direction of trail I was following to south
Domestic cat in photo, too. Trail came from ravine that runs towards bike path/North Beach
Walking along the shoreline from Red Rocks Park to mouth of Potash Brook.
Crows staged in trees here, flew in circles with a lot of noise, then headed to the east, presumably to a roosting site.
About 1000 crows staging here around sunset. They took off towards the east as the sky darkened, along with 500 or so more streaming overhead.
Crows streaming WNW over Queen City Park, towards Red Rocks. I counted 100 then stopped watching, but they were still streaming past steadily 10 minutes later.
A hundred or so crows in my backyard upon return from work, with many more just out of sight, downslope, based on what I could hear. I heard them vocalizing for the next hour or two out there, but I didn't check to see whether they were still there as the sun was setting or if they had taken off to another final roosting site for the night. I suspect that this was a staging area and that there was some movement to the east, a little towards the railway or just the other side of it, for the night.
50+ crows streaming to the NE.
Very large gathering of crows at dusk behind (west of) the Burlington Subaru/Hyundai dealership on Shelburne Road. As big a flock as I've seen around Burlington, numbering in the several hundreds to a thousand based on a very quick pass-by in a vehicle. 500 seems like a conservative count. Uncertain about staging vs. roosting area. It was right around sunset as I passed by.
Spotted eating a fish near the fishing pier/sailing center, on the Burlington waterfront. Sighting reported by Joe Spinder. Video footage available here: https://youtu.be/zCo6e9e1LTQ
Deer tracks and bed.
Doe and three fawns seen crossing Rock Point Road at dusk. They crossed the road just beyond the western edge of the community garden and continued across the meadow to the north.
First spotted this trail very fresh late at night (snow fell until about 11 pm). Photos are from the next day. There were two gray fox trails running somewhat parallel west to east, across Central Ave. Scent marks confirmed gray fox ID.
End of the trail I started following at the NE side of Red Rocks (http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/2574050). The fisher appeared to go up into a large white pine and was likely denned up there at the time I took these photos. Found scat and fresh tracks at the tree base the next day.
Fisher dragging a suspected kill at the west side of Red Rocks Park. Tracks led towards the area where the fisher denned the day prior (I followed a trail that ended there). This seems to be a fresh fisher activity since I followed that previous trail on January 5.