Anne Elliott

Anne Elliott

Posted on 01/29/2014


Photo taken on January 28, 2014


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Weaselhead Natural Area
Weaselhead
House Finch
side view
Finch
Calgary
Fringillidae
Alberta
Canada
avian
perched
ornithology
branch
bird
male
birds
Haemorhous mexicanus


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House Finch enjoying the sun's warmth

House Finch enjoying the sun's warmth
I rarely get out any more for an actual walk, especially in the winter months. This winter has been brutally cold with so much snow, which has now turned to ice, thanks to the comparatively mild weather we've had recently. Today, the forecast is for snow again, sigh. Anyway, I managed to push myself out the front door yesterday (28 January 2014) to go for a walk in Weaselhead with friends. The morning started off unpleasantly cold, but gradually warmed up. The pathways were covered in ice and one person did fall, unfortunately, so I was relieved I had my ice grabbers on my winter boots. We had a few nice sightings, which gave reasonable photo opps, including several House Finches, a Downy Woodpecker, and a beautiful little Snowshoe Hare who was well camouflaged against the snow and was hiding in a tangle of branches. At the end of the walk, a Coyote was spotted, hunting in the field by the parking lot. A most enjoyable walk in good company : )

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Cats 99
Cats 99
How cool that you saw some neat creatures on your walk! This finch looks a bit chilled, but at least the sun seems to have been out. I hope you got pictures of the Hare and the Coyote!

It was chilly and sunny here yesterday too, warming up to -3C at some point. However, today it's -10C and the north wind is blowing too so it feels much colder. At least we didn't get snow here (yet). Like you we have much treacherous ice around and a coating of new snow will not be good on that!
3 years ago.
LeapFrog
LeapFrog
Ha ... all puffed up from the cold ... I had to travel 100 kms (round trip) to get some more corn for the Swans today ... I cannot believe that I have used up 320 kg (704 lbs) since Dec 28th ... I have never used this much before ... and I still have 3 months to go ... LOL ... it has been brutal for all wildlife this Winter ... especially the Swans ...
3 years ago.