January freeze and thaw

We’ve been having weird weather recently, alternating between + and – 12°C with a few dips down to -20.  During one of the upswings, the snow on our roof had enough ice that it was able to form sheets hanging off the roof.  With our new(ish) steel roof, it tends to slide off all at once with a loud noise, a mini avalanche.

Snow overhang
Snow overhang

As it warmed up, the squirrels came out of hibernation.  Here’s a black one; they’re a local variant on the grey ones.

Black squirrel, white snow
Black squirrel, white snow

There was a red one later but I was on a conference call so couldn’t take a picture.  I don’t get to do too many these days because it’s dark when I’ve finished work, even if I’m home and not freezing in -29° in Regina.  As well as not sleeping because they’re clearing snow from the parking lot outside my hotel room. Here’s a blurred picture from my cell phone camera:

Regina parking lot
Regina parking lot

I think the parking lot operators in Regina have more snow removal equipment than most of England; there are two loaders in this one picture.

Back to the garden.  Here are some juncos, feeding against a snowy background.

Juncos in the snow
Juncos in the snow

There are a couple of finches in there.  Then the next night we had torrential rain, so they had a different background:

Juncos no snow
Juncos no snow

Even the gnome looks happier.  It must have warmed up enough for the grubs to wake up in the dead wood I use to edge the path, the woodpecker got a change of diet.

Woodpeckers
Woodpecker

 

 

 

Author: Eric Lawton

Eric is a natural philosopher living in rural Ontario

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