Good morning everyone! Happy Friday to all of you as well! This week has gone by super fast for me, though I am not sure why, nothing was really different. More bird activity again today because the weather has turned bad once again. Yesterday it was sunny and 43F (6C), which was quite nice for my walk. It stayed above freezing until 4am when it was 32F (0C), since then the temp has been dropping and is presently 21F (-6C) and is supposed to continue dropping until it hits about 5F (-15C) tonight. And there is a very strong north wind.
But under sunny skies yesterday I decided on a walk to the river. I really did not think the snow would be so soft, but, I was sinking 4 to 6 inches with every step. I guess when the temp was even warmer on the weekend, people had been walking the path and sinking in the snow like me, but even deeper, up to a foot deep. That made for some hard walking, trying to stay out of those old footprints and sinking anyway. Finally in some areas back in the trees the snow was a bit more firm, but slippery.
And it just kept going back and forth like that. Some places slippery, some very soft. Going down the hills was very slippery, coming back up was even worse. Plus the deer had also been using the path and sinking deep, which did not help either. Now that the snow is freezing, and it will be hard as ice after this cold, it will be very slippery and hard walking with all those sunken footprints. I am not sure, but I will likely have to wait until the weather warms up again before trying another walk down there. But it was beautiful. That sunshine makes a big difference when walking that path.
There were chickadees and nuthatches along the whole path right to the river, and back. Plus a few bald eagles once I got to the river. I did not see any ducks, which was rather odd. But, there was one Herring gull flying around and calling a bit. Likely it was a scout checking things out. That happens with some of our early returning migrants. But the snow has melted a lot along the path. It averaged between 12 and 18 inches (30 to 45cm) deep. Much better than the 3 to 4 feet deep snow earlier.
Down at the river there was bare patches of ground showing a bit, and now I had rocks to sit on which was nice. The beauty of that river is fabulous. But right now, walking is not so great and it sure gave me a workout. Too much really, I fell twice and my back is still complaining, so is that muscle I injured 2 years ago. It looks and feels like winter again. All the birds just flew away again. It is snowing. I hope you all have a fabulous Friday and God bless!
Steve and Muffin. (Praying for the people of Ukraine)
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