squirrels digging

Southern Maine finally got notable snowfall on Jan 12–maybe 6 or so inches on campus.  Unfortunately it was followed up by rain on the 13th, then really cold temps.  This weather change created a pretty thick layer of ice on top of the snow.   I watched a squirrel under my bird feeder do its best to deal with this ice-snow sandwich.  It dug a whole down to the ground slightly wider than its body length, and particularly interesting, it ate much of the snow.  Not sure if this was a hydration activity or hunger.  I was surprised that it did not push the snow into a pile next to where it was digging.

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