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Just a glorious sunny day . . . .

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

. . . . and not too chilly: just at freezing.

And I really enjoyed a lunch time walk with both DH and Henry!

Henry loves the snow, which is a bit crunchy at the moment (although we will get fresh snowfalls tomorrow . . . ). He was burrowing through the drifts, which achieved a spiky effect on the top of his head. Quite punk!!

Lots of birds singing away. A chickadee was trying out the "Sweet Spring!" call: probably a bit optimistic, but cheering nevertheless.

Plenty of gold finches twittering away with their bell-like voices. I didn't see any up close, but a male gold finch visitor to our back yard feeder a couple days ago is beginning to look distinctly yellower!

Mourning doves feeding companionably and cooing away to each other.

And a couple downy woodpeckers on a birch tree looking for hibernating grubs.

The ravens are getting much more active: and I've seen a couple with nesting materials in their beaks (again, probably a bit optimistic!)

This is the first Valentine's Day in a long time when we haven't been away on a birding trip somewhere warm . . . DH is working very hard to wrap up a tricky matter . . . but that's OK. Probably a trip is in the cards later in the summer -- and probably within Canada.

For now, I can enjoy winter birding right here at home, with the lengthening days and brighter skies and all those subtle signs of a transitioning season.
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