Good morning to everyone on this beautiful Tuesday! The coffee is ready, so is tea, so please help yourself and spend some relaxing time with Muffin and I this morning! The birds are waking up and arriving one by one, with the chickadees first in line for breakfast as usual. The first redpolls are also coming in and a male downy woodpecker is here nice and early today also. I went for a walk to the river yesterday, it was a nice day and was supposed to have a high of 32F, 0C, which is very nice for January. It didn’t quite get there however and stayed at 25F, -4C, instead. Still nice for this time of year, but for some reason I felt cold yesterday, even though I dressed just as warmly as usual. My toes got cold, so did my hands and face. Even the other day when the temp was 19F, -7C, I didn’t feel that cold.
One surprising thing was the little bit of ice on the river was actually melting away. Some spots the ice was gone completely, which was a little odd. But the night temps have been a little milder the last few nights, so that does make a difference as the current is then able to melt the ice easier. I only saw 2 other people out walking yesterday and they were on the path across the river. There was a lot of chickadee and nuthatch activity all along the path, I haven’t heard that much activity in a long time. Plus there was a nice pileated woodpecker pounding away on a tall white pine that died last summer. That was down close to the river.
Also in the same area there was a black-backed woodpecker, a much smaller woodpecker than the pileated, working away on a smaller dead spruce tree. And just a little further away was a hairy woodpecker who was just flying around. There was a lot of ducks in two different areas on the river, but both flocks were too far away for good pics, though I tried anyway. The path was getting hard packed and slippery, especially on the two hills so I had to be careful walking in those locations. But it was beautiful sitting on the bench overlooking the river which was so nice and calm yesterday. I left sooner than I wanted since I was getting rather cold, but I enjoyed my walk. I hope you all have a wonderful day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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