Good morning everyone! I hope you are all well and enjoying your day! The coffee, and tea, is ready for you all, please help yourself and relax with us for a few minutes. Heavy clouds are here again this morning so it is quite dark still. The chickadees and one red-breasted nuthatch are here. Jasper also showed up nice and early, with no sign of the ‘other’ squirrel. Perhaps Jasper finally scared him off for good yesterday. But we’ll have to wait and see on that one. We are supposed to get a little snow today, maybe 2 inches (5cm), right now we are getting some freezing rain. There is already a light layer of ice covering everything. If we do get the snow then it will stick to that ice and it won’t be so slippery.
But if we don’t get the snow then it will be treacherous walking down to the river. I did go for a walk to the river yesterday since the sun was shining and it was a nice day with a high of 32F (0C). But even with that temp it felt cold down at the river. The other day there was less ice then usual and yesterday there was a lot more ice than usual. However, it was very thin ice. But with the colder weather moving in beginning tomorrow, then the river will begin to freeze, at least on the wide portion where there isn’t much current. The water level on the lake is low and because we had such a dry fall there isn’t much water coming through the dam.
Because of that there isn’t much current in the river so it freezes more easily. It will be interesting to see how much of the river will freeze this year. From the lake to the dam the river doesn’t freeze and below the dam it won’t freeze, but how far down the river changes from year to year. I didn’t see any ducks yesterday, but there was 2 nice eagles flying around. Oh well. Maybe I will write about yesterday’s walk later. Certainly not many birds around this morning, rather odd with bad weather on the way. Maybe that means we will miss that snow. But then it means it will remain slippery. Oh well. Jasper seems to have gone back home. There are 6 blue jays here right now, that’s nice for sure. I hope you enjoy today’s pics, have a wonderful day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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