When I heard on the news that ice pellets would be falling this morning, I wasn’t quite sure what was meant. Now I know. It is tiny grains of snow which sting your eyes and face; especially with the high winds that were coming off the lake in -4 degree temperature. By the time we finished, the ice pellets were turning into freezing rain.
Here are some views of the area this morning:
The high winds created some terrific waves:
Red Ash and Crack Willow are common here:
This morning’s group:
and some of our birds:
Species list: Canada goose, mallard, American black duck, bufflehead, greater scaup, long-tailed duck, herring gull, ring-billed gull, rock pigeon, house sparrow, house sparrow, dark-eyed junco. (12 species)
Fighting is a regular part of the life of a squirrel. Here we have an Eastern Gray Squirrel taking on a cousin who, due to a northern adaptation called melanism, is black. The fur was flying.
COMING UP: February 10 in Friends of Miles: Bats: Milos Radakovich
February 13 in Articles: Mallards
I spent the summer traveling. I got halfway across my backyard.
Louis Agassiz Swiss Naturalist