Today we had our first significant snowfall, just barely coating the ground but enough to cause problems on the roads. Still, it made my hike a pretty winter wonderland.
I walked at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land at lunch and even my own tracks were nearly covered by the time I doubled back to leave. I saw one hawk, although I heard one Eastern Bluebird (but never saw it), heard one woodpecker sp. but never saw it, and heard two American Goldfinches fly overhead. I did catch a glimpse of them, but they were just gray specks against the falling snow. Right as I reached the last hill before the parking area, what I believe to be a juvenile Northern Harrier flew overhead, and I managed to catch a couple photos of it.
The coating of snow gives things an entirely fresh look, after the landscape was getting a little dull from weeks of only earthy autumnal colors.