Well, things did not turn out the way I had hoped. The snow was so deep that I attempted to take the snowmobile and tie a ladder onto the back. The problem was, the drifts were too deep for even the snowmobile and I spent a good portion of the afternoon trying to dig out a stuck snowmobile twice. Both, times I had to give up and call my brother and the tracter to fight through the snow to pull me out. Luckily the tractor did not get stuck either time. On a more positive note however, I got three of the four remaining boxes cleaned and ready for the spring breeding season. The final one is in an area that I can easily get to when the snow melts. I was on my way to it when I got stuck the second time and after finally getting out, was not in the mood to deal with it. When I get to it, I will include the findings from that box sometime in another post.
The first box of the day was on my brother's pond on the farm next door. While there, I took a picture of the same scene I photograped last summer, it made for an interesting comparison.
The next duck boxes that I hope to put up will not be quite as high :)
With the snowmobile free, I moved on to a box on the edge of a ditch between our farms.
There was not much in here, but a few feathers signified some type of raptor, screech owl or american kestrel maybe at some point.
The third box was apparently one of the most successful from last year.
So overall, it wasn't a great day, but I am happy that I managed to get several boxes done. The wood ducks are always an incredible sign of spring and I hope to continue to manage these boxes and continue to have wood ducks nesting on our farm for a long time to come.