It had been below zero overnight and was not much warmer when we arrived at the boardwalk. My husband and I always head to the gazebo first to look out on the harbour and the lighthouse. We look over the saltwater marsh as well, now flooded to a pond by a recent high tide.
The water below the gazebo was frozen or caught over as Newfoundlanders say.
There were two American Black Ducks swimming in a small area of open water, but you could hear them break the ice as they swam along.
Before long one flew up-stream, leaving the other as the lone ice breaker.
A Red Squirrel, with two rose hips in its mouth, greeted us as we left the gazebo.
It looks like squirrels in addition to birds eat the red morsels. There are lots of rose hips along the boardwalk from the wild roses which bloom there most of the summer.
The Black-capped Chickadees have fed from people’s hands for years here.
Still it is exciting when one of the little creatures lands on your hand, like a whisper of a touch from a tiny wild animal.
We crack the peanuts for the chickadees while the Blue Jays like the whole peanut as do the squirrels. One chickadee followed me after I had fed it raw peanuts but flew off when it realized I only had a whole one.
It made for a good photo.
A Red-breasted Nuthatch was interested in the seeds we’d brought too. They are comfortable with people hand feeding them as well.
This was a first for us and such a thrill.
The Summerside boardwalk and the animals who live there are a treasure.