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What might have caused the snow to turn red?  This question has many possible answers, one of which will be revealed on 1/2/23.

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28 responses

  1. vtbee

    Could that be the remains of sumac blossoms after birds fed on them?

    December 30, 2022 at 9:03 am

  2. Charlotte Stetson

    It looks like birds went after the seeds in Sumac flowers and all the red fluffy stuff dropped to the ground!

    December 30, 2022 at 9:06 am

  3. Clyde Jenne

    Sumac blossoms.

    December 30, 2022 at 9:07 am

  4. Sara Hart

    Oriental Bittersweet berries crushed, seeds eaten, and fruit skins spit out. A lot of birds near us eat those seeds and cover the trails at a nearby pond with the berry skins, although we haven’t had this much discarded debris on our trails.

    December 30, 2022 at 9:08 am

  5. Sara Hart

    Skins of dried up Oriental Bittersweet fruits, after bids fed on them.

    December 30, 2022 at 9:11 am

  6. Litter from birds eating sumac berries?

    December 30, 2022 at 9:17 am

  7. Mary Jo Carlsen

    Someone’s hot pepper suet is on the ground?

    December 30, 2022 at 9:17 am

  8. Connie Snyder

    Seems like this could be remnants of sumac feeding. Also looks a lot like the snow under our crabapple after visits from Waxwings or, one March, post-feeding frenzy of a horde of hungry Pine Grosbeaks. The red debris lay on the snow in exactly the shape of summer shade. Have never seen them here again…

    December 30, 2022 at 9:23 am

  9. Gail Coffey

    Pine Grosbeaks eating crabapples.

    December 30, 2022 at 9:46 am

  10. Blood in the urine of a wild animal?! 🙂 ❤

    December 30, 2022 at 9:46 am

  11. Cheryl

    How about? As the corn/cornfields decompose, fields seem to have a redness

    December 30, 2022 at 10:19 am

  12. Stein

    Might it be pieces of red maple buds that a squirrel has been eating?

    December 30, 2022 at 10:24 am

  13. Rachael Shaw

    Sumac berry residue from something eating a lot of them?

    December 30, 2022 at 10:29 am

  14. Bill Codington

    I’m going to vote for chewed up Oriental Bittersweet. Red Chokeberries are the right color, don’t have any around to see if skins get left on the ground.

    December 30, 2022 at 10:43 am

  15. Betsy Hawes

    Might be red from buds blown off trees in the last very windy storm.

    December 30, 2022 at 12:02 pm

  16. Alice

    Something ate some kind of berries & something had a great time! No other details.

    December 30, 2022 at 12:16 pm

  17. Missy

    Sumac seeds/fruit?

    December 30, 2022 at 12:26 pm

  18. Leah Goat

    The colors look like well-chewed oriental bittersweet. I hope they don’t germinate!

    December 30, 2022 at 12:37 pm

  19. Don Clark

    What’s left from birds feeding on Bittersweet?

    December 30, 2022 at 3:22 pm

  20. Deborah Cushman

    Lots of bittersweet berries dropped by the birds.

    December 30, 2022 at 3:47 pm

  21. Sumac shredded by birds.

    December 30, 2022 at 3:47 pm

  22. Asian bittersweet…

    December 30, 2022 at 4:05 pm

  23. sallyratcliffe70

    It looks like bittersweet casings to me. Maybe there were some birds that enjoy this fruit.

    December 30, 2022 at 5:01 pm

  24. Viola

    seeds (from catkins) from birch trees blown apart by wind and snow

    December 30, 2022 at 9:15 pm

  25. Cheryl McKeough

    Possibly the fallen leftovers after robins and waxwings have dined on fermented crab apples?

    December 31, 2022 at 8:22 am

  26. Leah D Basbanes

    Carpenter Ant sawdust from a dead tree

    December 31, 2022 at 10:34 am

  27. Wow, I haven’t a clue! Love, Kay

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    December 31, 2022 at 12:26 pm

  28. Gwyneth Loud

    I think something has been eating bittersweet and dropping the outer case of the berries.

    December 31, 2022 at 10:56 pm

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