January 1, 2018
We had our usual walk at the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada.
We have had an extremely harsh ice storm. As we wander along, wherever we look everything is covered in a thick layer of ice.
Some of the water is frozen on the lagoons and creeks.
Plants and trees are all coated with ice.
It is amazing how the creatures survive such severe conditions. Song birds sit on perches of solid ice instead of bare branches.
The little Black-capped Chickadees fluff their feathers for warmth and hold one foot up inside feathers to help keep themselves warm.
A Downy Woodpecker landed on a branch where it slid partway down before getting a grip on the ice.
House Finches were seen perched on frozen snow with icicles dripping from the plants behind them.
Dark-eyed Juncos were also seen perched on ice thickly coating the stems beneath their feet.
Song Sparrows and Golden-crowned Sparrows were also seen enduring the deep freeze.
Spotted Towhees did their best to look perky in the hostile world surrounding them.
Trumpeter Swans and Bald Eagles flew overhead while Double-crested Cormorants stood on frozen logs and swam in icy waters.
A flock of Common Redpolls gleaned seeds from ice-coated Alder cones.
January 01 Clear 25F (-3.8C) Afternoon 32F (0C)
We enjoyed talking to Charlie with Jack, as well as Brenda with Finnegan on the trail.
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