On an overcast January morning at 8 am, it is still very dark as you can see by these photos.
We were fortunate to see a group of Common Mergansers out in the Humber River. The long, low profile and “sawbill” beak identify them as mergansers.
In my experience, the first two bird species which start singing in late January are the Cardinal (any day now!) and the House Finch. We had a loud and joyous one this morning.
Just about every year, the first plant which I see vigorously growing is Skunk Cabbage. Some are already appearing here.
I neglected to include yesterday’s (Bat Box) group photo. It is there now.
The balcony hawks of West Harlem are back for another breeding season – right on schedule!
May you have warm words on a cold evening,
a full Moon on a dark night,
and the road downhill all the way to your door. – Irish blessing