Sunday, January 24, 2010

Walk on the river

The Common Redpolls have taken over my feeders making me fill them more often than I want to, Getting very expensive because they like the shelled seeds and waste a lot.
Took a walk along the river this morning in -16 temps with a wind chill of about -20. I was hoping to see an American Dipper for my year list but no luck. Did see some Common Merganser
I also spotted some Common Goldeneye mixed groups. managed a few poor shots of them.
The river ice can be quite unpredictable with changing temps, sometime giving you a rude surprise. I don't know if the people making these tracks were on the ice when it broke off or not, if they were they got a little surprise. The river was quite cold with a bit of a wind blowing and everywhere there was calm waters it was frozen. The open areas looked very cold but the birds are ok as long as they can find enough to eat.

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