Waldo News

By Carolyn Zachary | Mar 09, 2018

Waldo Town News

By Tom Seymour

March 8, 2018

194 East Waldo Road

Waldo, ME 04915

(207) 338-974

tomgseymour@gmail.com

Just when we thought spring was neigh, we got hammered by a strong nor’easter snowstorm. Talk about a letdown. But March, as we all know, is the most capricious month and nothing about it is predictable. Besides, weather forecasters predict a big turnabout for our weather patterns soon, so it might happen that the balance of March will be more to our liking.

The worst thing about spring snowstorms is the damage a plow blade does to dirt driveways. The top layer of ground has already thawed and plowing really tears it up. On the other hand, the town plow can only do good on town dirt roads. Potholes and ruts become just a bit smoother after the snowplow’s tender ministrations.

Shrinking woodpiles

Remember my weekly quote for the Groundhog Day issue? “The provident farmer by Candlemas Day has half his wood and half his hay.” With that in mind, I went out on Feb. 2 and calculated how much wood remained in my shed and found that a little more than half remained. And now, with winter still stinging us as it slowly fades, it’s reassuring to know that my woodshed won’t go empty prematurely. Hopefully, everyone else in Waldo has enough wood to last through the remainder of the heating season.

Perchin’ prediction

Prior to the big snow, ice conditions on ponds and lakes were becoming iffy. And now, believe it or not, the snow will only make things worse. Melting snow helps melt the ice. So for me, ice-fishing season has ended. But open-water fishing is still some time away, leaving anglers in an in-between time when the only thing to do is work on fishing tackle to make sure everything is shipshape. Lines need checking, as do hooks. Better to do maintenance now than later, when fishing begins in earnest.

Book news

My book, “Wild Plants of Maine, a Useful Guide,” is going into its third revision and the newly revised version is slated for sale in May. I’ve added new chapters and photos, giving foragers even more wild goodies to sample.

Also, my new book, “Wild Critters of Maine,” should come out this summer. It is a compilation of my experiences, good and bad, humorous and sad, with Maine wildlife. Each chapter has high-quality photos by noted wildlife photographer Dave Small. All in all, it should make an enjoyable read.

Under the feeder

My suet feeders saw some interesting guests one day last week. I woke up early and peering out my window, saw not only a male cardinal, but also titmouses, chickadees, juncos, a gray squirrel and a pa’tridge, or ruffed grouse. Never before had I seen such an assortment of wild critters in one place. I wanted to drive the squirrel off, but didn’t for fear of scaring the birds.

What really surprised me was how these different species managed to feed together with no bickering or posturing. It was as if each critter had signed a truce before hitting the feeder. It’s a pity we humans can’t take a cue from the birds and animals.

Spring countdown

Take heart. We have only 11 more days until spring.

Weekly quote

“A peck of March dust is worth a king’s ransom.” ― Anon.

 

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