Waldo Town News
By Tom Seymour
Winter drags on here in Waldo, so much so, that I look forward to mud season. As bad as that time of year is, at least it’s warm, far better than consistent high temperatures in the teens and twenties and near-daily snow showers.
As a break from winter’s tedium, or perhaps as a defiant gesture, my two buddies Dan Woodrow and Tony Wieman visited me last week and we had a lobster and steamed clam feast. Given the current price of those two articles, it may be a while before we have another seafood celebration. But despite being costly, it was worth it. Both the company and the food were unbeatable.
Looking toward warmer weather, I’ve volunteered to give a wild plant foraging presentation for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Services Rural Living Days, to be held at Mt. View High School in Thorndike on Saturday, March 29. My timeslot starts at 10:45 and goes through 12:15. You can learn more about the day’s events by going to: www.umaine.edu/Waldo/RLD.
I took one look at the ice thickness on Sanborn Pond (someone had just drilled a hole and it took the entire length of his hand-cranked auger to do it) and decided to get back in my warm car and ponder the situation. I wound up going home. That’s been the way of it this winter for ice fishing.
But any brave or hardy soul who has a means of drilling through 2-plus feet of ice, should find fairly good fishing this week. May the force be with you.
Under The Feeder
Del Curtis called last week to report seeing a robin. Thanks, Del, for the update.
Next, Dan Avener sent a photo of a blue jay and a grackle under his feeder. Hopefully, this early-arriving grackle knows something that we don’t…as in spring will come soon.
As migrating birds begin to filter in to our area, I welcome reports from readers. Just let me know and I’ll try and list it here.
Here’s something that strikes me as fun. Let’s see who can report the first sighting of a turkey vulture. These large scavengers follow the retreating snowpack north, often flying along major highways in search of road kill. These birds are relative newcomers to Maine, but have been here long enough to become firmly established as harbingers of spring. So call or write me, please, if and when you spot that first turkey vulture sailing over the treetops.
“Let medicine be food and food thy medicine.” - Hippocrates