Saturday, January 23, 2010

It got down to -18c last night after a couple of weeks of unseasonably warm weather. One of my chores for today was filling the woodbox, so I decided to do it in one load. This is an engineering masterpiece even if I do say so myself.
My feeders are very busy right now with the cold temps. I have Evening and Pine Grossbeaks, Many Common Redpolls 50+, lots of Black-capped Chickadees, Red-breasted nuthatch, Downy, Hairy and Piliated Woodpeckers and of course the Common Magpies coming to steal the beef fat I put in the suet feeders. WE only have about 15cm of snow on the ground compared to about 80cm we had at this time last year which makes foraging for food a little easier for the birds.
On my walk today there were many animal tracks on the road including Mouse, Weasel, Martin Squirrel,Snowshoe Hare, Coyote, wolf, Deer, Moose and of course Ruffed Grouse. The walk was brisk with about -8 temp, clear skys and bright sunshine Made photography a challenge with the snow fooling the exposure meter.

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