December 10th, 2010


On This Day: Thaw

10th December 1854

Weather warmer; snow softened. Saw a large flock of snow buntings (quite white against woods, at any rate), though it is quite warm. Snow-fleas in paths; first I have seen. Hear the small woodpecker’s whistle; not much else; only crows and partridges else, and chickadees. How quickly the snow feels the warmer wind! The crust which was so firm and rigid is now suddenly softened and there is much water in the road.

You can read The Blog of Henry David Thoreau every day here. We also have slightly warmer weather today. The snow has gone but there are still a few frozen lumps around.