December 4th. First group of overnight Canada Geese (Branta canadensis) this Fall. I count 28. Spectacular in V'ed flight a few minutes later.
I discovered a new beaver lodge and food cache on Raymond Brook, past the last (now failed) beaver dam. Well screened from the trail.
December 9th. Fresh Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) damage to a dead tree at the Route 85 trailhead.
Older damage below.
December 11th. Very frosty.
Heavy, feathery frost where warm humid air comes up from holes in the banks of Raymond Brook.
Icicles formed from spatter above the outlet stream.