This was the first time I had seen a heron in our yard in quite a while. This one glared at me and tolerated being photographed for a bit but slowly made its way downstream.
Yesterday a single deer contemplated coming into our yard from the field behind us -
It ate some rose hips and walked away after it saw me.
While I'm at it with a post, here is what the stream looked like at its highest level as the snow that fell on 1/11-1/12 melted -
The ground was so saturated with water, it was crazy. That is a picture of the remainders of a mole hill. It's a little tricky on the eyes, but you can see that the water table was about an inch or two under the surface.
Here is a former mole hill that was a mini geyser -