|Mourning dove poops found under saplings|
I found no pellets, and really didn't expect any, morehouse's. The warm, sunny day backed with shelter from the houes inspired winter crane flies (Trichocera species) to take to the air.
there were probably a few dozens zipping around over the snow. this one landed nicely for me.
Now, they may look like true crane flies, but winter crane flies are actually their own family (Winter crane flies - family Trichoceridae) in Diptera, the order of flies! Here's what we've got on 'em:
"They are active from fall through apring andmay be abundant in open, sunlit areas. Some species are found in caves, mines and other dark places."
National Wildlife Federation - Field Guide to Insects and Spiders of North America.