It’s been bitterly cold, with “feels like” temperatures in the -20s Celsius, so we haven’t done much walking outdoors which is our preferred place to walk. However, one calm day, we ventured to the boardwalk in Summerside to see the usual creatures who make their homes along its length. They did not disappoint.
Male and female Mallards floated along in the stream which has frozen and thawed several times this year already.
Early last month, what may have been this same two, swam in open water, unimpeded by ice along the margins of the stream.
A flock of Blue jays was quite active. I counted fourteen at one time, flying around the bridge where admirers leave peanuts. Try as I may, I was unable to capture any more than one at a time.
The white abdominal feathers look downy compared to the tail and wing feathers. The blue and white markings on the wings were dabbed on by the Maker’s paint brush. The head crest and the black chin strap added the final touches to their richness.
A Red squirrel appeared to bow after he ate some of the seeds offered by another walker.
He scurried along the railing, watching, then approaching any new walkers who happened by.
A Mourning dove fluffed its feathers as it sat watching the scene, waiting for the opportunity to feed on the last of the seeds when the more aggressive birds were finished.
It looked twice it’s size fluffed up on the branch as it kept warm. The soft colours on its underside were pronounced from that position.
And finally, a female Hairy woodpecker made an appearance as we approached the end of the bridge.
She was looking for peanuts and hopped along the railing and down the sides of the bridge with ease. The spots and bars on her wings made me curious to see the markings whilst she was in flight. She is a sturdy looking creature!
A sparrow approached the bridge as well, but it was too fast for photographs. Some varieties of sparrows stay on the island for the winter though this is the first one I’ve seen.
I always enjoy the time with the animals along the boardwalk and think about them during the bitterly cold weather every winter. They manage to survive and even thrive though with the help of their human friends.