Solitude For Saturday. #12

Good morning and happy Saturday to everyone! What a morning it is! The temperature this morning was 5F (-15C), but with the wind it made it feel like -13F (-25C). We are definitely back to winter again. Plus we got another 3 inches (7.5cm) of snow yesterday. And it will be even colder tonight. This cold weather is expected to last through the week. It will certainly take some warm temps to start melting that frozen snow again. Yesterday was a busy one at the feeders.

The snow melts faster by the river.

I counted 55 evening grosbeaks, but there was more, and 62 common redpolls, but there were more of them. There is not quite as many this morning though, numbers are probably half what they were yesterday. There was also a merlin (small falcon) here yesterday and caught a redpoll so fast and off he flew. All the other birds disappeared, except for a few chickadees and 2 nuthatches which sat, frozen in position, even though the danger had passed. They do not like to take chances.

The sun is shining so beautifully, the sky a vivid blue with a few smaller clouds floating by. It looks like it should be much warmer, until I go outside, then reality sinks in. We are getting close to April, but it feels like February. It will be a long time yet before this snow melts. But spring will arrive eventually. It was so beautiful down at the river on Thursday. Ground was showing in patches through the snow. Rocks were now uncovered from their white blankets of winter.

Picnic rock where I sat for part of the time.

I had numerous places to sit now on these rocks. One I call picnic rock, mainly because I think it would be a wonderful spot for a picnic. So I sat there for part of the time. After I went on to the spot where the bench used to be located and sat on the tree stump for a while. It was shady there so was a bit cooler, therefore I moved to a sunny rock. Amazing how much warmer it felt. And I watched the swirls in the river, ever changing, ever on the move.

Beautiful, and dangerous, swirls.

It looked beautiful, but it showed clearly how dangerous the river is. Above, against a dark blue sky was a lone gull, soaring beautifully, calling loudly. Likely he has gone back south to his friends, not quite time to come back yet everyone. Black-capped chickadees and red-breasted nuthatches were chirping and singing constantly, at the river and all along the path. Plus there was a pileated woodpecker, but I was unable to get a picture. The snow is still too deep in most places to go walking off the path.

Across the river.

A raven was being chased by 2 crows who have obviously staked out their territory now. It was calm, relaxing, peaceful, as I sat beside the river. The walk back was slow and strenuous. Winter walks to the river were definitely hard for me this winter. I am looking forward to spring when the snow and ice is all gone, and walking is normal again. Thank you for stopping by and reading today, have a beautiful weekend and God bless!

Steve and Muffin. (Praying for the people of Ukraine)

Β©2022 Steve McLeod.

20 Comments on “Solitude For Saturday. #12

  1. Spring is definitely a time of fluctuating temperatures. Here in the Far North, it is 17 F but we expect temperatures above freezing. Longer daylight helps. We still have four to five feet of snow and hopefully it will slowly melt with no flooding. It really is beautiful with diamonds sparkling in the snow and relatively, warmer temperatures to enjoy the outdoors. This year, we will see about 9 months of winter with snow on the ground. But summer is coming!!! Have a wonderful weekend.

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    • Wow, you’re warmer than us today! We are at 10F and might reach 14F today, and a strong north wind. You definitely have more snow than us. Back in the trees most places I measured were 18 to 24 inches, down from the 3 to 4 feet we had before. Now it will melt slower, once it starts melting again which won’t be for a few days. Tonight will be colder yet. Oh well, spring will come! Thank you, have a great weekend also!πŸ˜ŠπŸŒžπŸ˜Ίβ„οΈβ„οΈ

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  2. Liked your pics and comments too ! We got about an inch of snow, but a cold blowing along with it ! Spring is coming ! -23 tonight ! πŸ™‚πŸ˜»β„οΈπŸ’¨

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    • Thank you so much! Yes, it will be a cold one tonight for sure! And it is still a strong north wind too. Have a good night Sharon!πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜»πŸŒ™β„οΈβ„οΈπŸŒΉ

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  3. So beautiful winter mist photos to view πŸŒ·πŸ™β™₯️😊 winter season not easy I think πŸ’­ you used already,
    so ok ,stay month’s cold weather cannot think also β„οΈπŸ™‚ your home always coming birds 🐦 and your
    Lovely Muffin ,cute Turkey so grace and time fast will go πŸ¦…πŸˆ take care health nicely ,happy Sunday πŸ‘πŸ’

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    • Thank you so very much! Well, winter this year was colder than normal and more snow, so it was a hard winter even for us. And still probably another month to go yet. Yes, the birds and Muffin help to make the time go faster so that helps a lot. Happy Sunday and time for me to sleep.πŸ˜ŠπŸˆβ€β¬›πŸ˜»πŸŒ™πŸ˜΄πŸ˜΄β„οΈβ„οΈ

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  4. I don’t think winter will ever end. I guess our temps are normal for this time of the year and I am just overly anxious for spring. πŸ₯ΆπŸ˜ΌπŸŒΊ πŸŒΈβ˜•οΈβ˜•οΈ

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    • I agree, I am also over anxious for spring, so cold again today, only 17F and windy, though it is calm right now and the sun is shining so nicely. Looks like it should be warm.πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜»πŸŒžπŸˆβ€β¬›πŸ€”β„οΈβ„οΈ

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