I drove over to Hopkinton State Park this morning to watch the sun rise and to see what birds may or may not be around. It was a balmy 8 degrees. The sunrise was not spectacular; but, as you can see from this photo, the cold temperatures are icing the lake up.
I heard a strange noise when I was taking this photo, and thought it was the ice moving on the lake. Later, I discovered it was an ice fisherman pounding stakes through the ice. He was about 15 feet off the shore by the first parking lot.
I noticed three Common Redpolls in a tree just behind the ice fisherman's pickup truck, so I stopped there, too. I walked around the piles of kayaks to get closer to the birds as they fed on the catkins of the birch trees. I wonder why there are so few today.....where have the others gone?