An Afternoon Walk in January

Afternoon in Jan

After quite a few foggy frosty days, the wind shifted to the south and we have enjoyed a warm and sunny weekend. Yesterday afternoon, Bob and I took a walk down to the lake. And it is a long way down to the waters edge now. It you look back at pictures from last spring and summer, you will be able to see the difference in our little cove. We joked that if we don’t get good rain this spring, we may no longer be waterfront, but more rock and mud puddle front!
While Bob went looking for lures that had been revealed by the lower water table, I watched birds and looked for animal tracks. Saw these – might be otter or raccoon.

footprints

There were mussel shells and lots of tiny clam shells in this area – I wonder if he had stopped for a quick bite to eat before we disturbed his lunch!

We have also seen lots of wild Canadian geese coming to the lake – loud honking is always the precursor to seeing the vees descend to the water. They intermingle with our little local flock that makes our cove their year round retreat. We watched several skeins slowly circle the point directly across from us until all landed and fed in the open field. After much loud honking of’ hellos’ and ‘out of my way -out of my way’ ‘landing here!!!’

Wild geese in Jan 2

Wild geese in Jan

Bob spotted a bald eagle but it was too far away to get a photo. They will come and perch in the tops of trees lining the cove and sun themselves. It is always wonderful to see these majestic and huge birds. And to see them catch fish is just remarkable!

As we walked to the point, we spotted two heron doing the crazy heron dance. Not sure what sort of mating ritual these birds have – but they were stretching and bowing to each other and then would just turn and walk in opposite directions!

herons in Jan

Herons fishing

It was a beautiful day for a walk – and today is a little cooler – but we are on the way out the door for another afternoon stroll.  Hope you have a beautiful day too

Its all part of the course of our seasons!