I have seen a couple of things nature-wise I did not think I would see here in Illinois over the last few days. The first was a black squirrel. Well...it wasn't really black - but more of a very, very dark gray. I have seen black squirrels in Michigan - and this was very close. Once again...no camera.
I also saw a big hairy dog-like thing as I drove between the entrance to our local forest preserve and a bog across the street. It happened at night and it was the glow of the eyes that grabbed my attention. At first, I was thinking it was a coyote, but it seemed to be too big for that. I suppose it could have been someone's dog on the prowel, but it seemed a little too shaggy and feral for that. I know there have been lone wolves down in our area before...makes me wonder.
The last week has been miserable temperature-wise. It has been at least 10 to 12 degrees cooler than it should be all that time. It is much better today with sunshine and light jacket temperatures.