Good morning to everyone on this cloudy but mild Thursday! We had some rain overnight which changed to snow, but there wasn’t much snow at all. It was only about half an inch (1cm) of snow, much less than what was forecast for us, which is fine with me. Well, coffee is ready everyone! We have had a couple of very nice days this week, but that is about to change with the temp dropping throughout the day. Then it’s back to winter temps for awhile. But we are actually doing quite well this winter, hard to believe it’s already been with us for 7 weeks now. On Tuesday I tried to walk down to the river but only made it about 2/3 of the way, it’s rather hard walking through soft snow on those hills. Yesterday I went back down since it was nice and sunny.
I made it all the way to my usual spot and it was just beautiful down there. Hardly looked like winter as I was sitting on “my” bench. The river was so calm. There was a lot of chickadees around, and blue jays, nuthatches and some white-winged crossbills. Those crossbills are cool birds and there is a lot of them around this winter. Unfortunately it is very hard to attract them to bird feeders. Maybe as winter gets colder and their food supply becomes less, then perhaps they will come. It would be nice. I would love to get a picture of them. There was also a couple bald eagles down there soaring around, too far away for pictures though. The only ice on the river was in a couple small bays, but that ice certainly wouldn’t be strong enough to walk on.
No matter how cold it is or how good the river ice looks, I would never walk on it. Lake ice is fine, I will walk on that, but not river ice. Up here we have roads on our lake during the winter, once the ice is thick enough and people drive on those roads all the time. I have done it too. Well, look at that, the clouds are breaking up, lots of blue sky showing. Looks like we will get some more sunshine today. Baxter is on a branch opening a peanut but dropped the contents down into the snow. He swooped down to get it, but Jasper came running over and chased Baxter away and found the peanut himself. Jasper wins this time! He’s alone this morning I see. I do hope you enjoyed your coffee this morning, have a wonderful day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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