It was overcast as it has been much of this winter. My husband and I were eager to go for a walk and wore layers of clothes against the -8 C temperature. However the windchill of -18 C made me put my hood up over my hat too. It was so cold!
The temperatures may have finally turned cold enough for the harbour to freeze this winter. It is late this year, usually happening before mid December. While there is some ice in the harbour, the deep freeze has been missing.
In the photo, you can see the ice with the blue areas of running water in between. These areas of open water are unusual for the second half of January.
A Blue Jay paused just long enough for me to take a photo. The rose hips stand out amid the grasses and make the blue in the jay bluer somehow.
A young gull stood along the shoreline for the longest time. I wonder if what looks like ice hanging down from its feathers had anything to do with its stationary position.
There is but one last section of open water in the stream which means the Black Ducks which live in the area have moved to open water in a nearby river.
This is the best photo I could manage of a Dark-eyed Junco which was hopping around on the walkway, feeding on the birdseed left by residents. While I have seen juncos before, I have never seen them along the boardwalk.
I missed the opportunity to photograph a Tree Sparrow a few days ago. This is a new bird for me and it was interesting to watch it on the ground, as it picked at the seed which had blown off the bridge.
The squirrels were busy at the base of a bird feeder. Those little animals looks so cute though they can be aggressive with each other where food is concerned. Understandable for sure!
I always feel encouraged when I see beams of light through the clouds on a cold grey day.