Journal archives for December 2017

December 11, 2017

11 Dec/17

The river is almost completely frozen, and we had a bunch of snow last night. While walking down by the river at Churchill Drive, a Bald Eagle (it was about 5 m. up in a tree) took off, and circled around the river while I struggled to get my camera out. By the time I had done that it was somewhere on the other side of the river. Foolishly, I put my camera into my bag, walked about 10 m., and a second one flew out of the tree beside me across the river. I went down onto the river, but could not see them in the trees on the far bank. They are so big!!

Posted on December 11, 2017 20:16 by mamestraconfigurata mamestraconfigurata | 2 comments | Leave a comment

December 25, 2017

24 Dec/17

It's been kind of quiet around here lately. The river is solid, and when I go out there at my normal time (around 1000), I haven't heard many birds. I heard a chickadee this morning at -26C, but there seemed to be only one. I suspect they have moved into residential neighbourhoods where there are more bird feeders. Saw a flock of crows (one or two sounded like ravens) this morning at dawn. I've heard the "croak" of ravens when it is still dark. Yesterday I saw what may have been a bald eagle. It's details were obscured by the bright sky, but it was not a crow/raven, and I saw yellow legs. I tried to follow it, but could not find it again. Lots of mammal tracks down by the river - squirrels, mice and rabbits. It's going to stay cold for the next week or so, so I hope the animals stay safe.

Posted on December 25, 2017 02:30 by mamestraconfigurata mamestraconfigurata | 1 comment | Leave a comment

December 28, 2017

28 Dec. 2017

It's been very cold the past week or so. When I have gone down to the Red it's been at or below -25C, and not much has been out. Over the past several days, I've heard one or two chickadees, an occasional Nuthatch, and have seen one or two crows. Today (at only -20C), there were several chickadees, and at least one Nuthatch, which seemed bothered when the chickadees moved in. managed to get a shot of a chickadee, although it's not a great shot. -20 is not a good time to be waiting and adjusting a camera with bare hands. http://inaturalist.ca/observations/9284695

Posted on December 28, 2017 17:48 by mamestraconfigurata mamestraconfigurata | 7 comments | Leave a comment