One day last fall I noticed the silhouette of a small bushy tailed critter at the back of the yard. I didn't get a good look at him but I thought that it was a squirrel so I put out some peanuts for him. I put food out for him all winter with hopes of getting a glimpse of him, it didn't happen. He must have been visiting his cache of peanuts in the night. I fed this little guy for five months without seeing him only tracks in the snow and and empty cache. He finally made an appearance this morning in the back yard searching in the exposed grass for peanuts that the blue jays might have dropped.
I don't know if he ever saw his shadow but I think that spring is on its way regardless.