Like everyone else, our outdoor activities have been limited by the amount of snow that has fallen since mid-December. Over the Christmas period, it has been a challenge to walk the trails and I have certainly wished I had snow shoes at times.
The bird feeding area has been madly popular, the birds have been feeding crazily - even taking risks. At the weekend, Rich noticed that chickadees were even popping in to take food when the Hawk was sitting nearby. The squirrels have no fear at all, they will feed long and boldly right under the - well, eagle-eye of the hawk ;)
It is magical to see how much the landscape of the Park changes when blanketed in snow. Sometimes, it's difficult to even see where the trails start and end. The numerous animal tracks are no help at all - they come out of the forest and disappear back in, coyotes, raccons, squirrels, even tracks that look like rabbit's prints.
Earlier this morning, we were startled by the sound as of thunder, but it was a huge raft of snow falling off the roof of the Nature House.
You might think that far from being deep into winter, spring had arrived, I heard several chickadees gamely calling out their 'cheeseburger' song, in the hopes that a mate will come and warm them up!