October 30, 2020

Harbinger of Spring

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A recent report from Maine’s Eleazar Peabody:

Tom;

              Albany, Maine 3-26-18    Tracks of the rare and mostly unseen, Mud Runt, were glimpsed this morning on a walk down the driveway.  With all the melt from the recent Nor’easters, I was surprised to see the tracks so soon. I am still trying to get an updated photo of the Mud Runt, but to no such luck.  Biologists are now wondering if the Mud Runt is having an effect on the woodcock population, which is trending down over the last few years.  The woodcock usually start showing up in the last week of March, and may now be on the Runt’s diet.  I’ll post a file photo of the New England Mud Runt to help those looking for this wary creature.  EP
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