January 2nd, and it sure feels like winter this morning! It was only in the low 20s, with a chilly breeze and it felt like a late sunrise. I went over to Hopkinton SP to check for birds. Good quantity (but not variety) of water birds today: Canada geese and mallards were all that I saw. It was really uncomfortable lifting my arms to take a photo with the cold air blowing in around my waist. I needed my other coat with the drawstring to close it at the bottom!
I noticed some movement in one birch tree and discovered there were 4 Common Redpolls feeding there. I accidentally stepped on a chunk of frozen snow as I neared the tree and that spooked them, but luckily they didn't go far.
I also heard a Tufted Titmouse calling but did not see it. I saw one Blue Jay, in the trees along the water, but it was shy and flew off as I approached it.
The snow was really sparkling in the cold temps, but I wasn't able to capture the sparkle in a photo. I think it will help you to "feel" the cold, though, to look at this photo of the blue/white snow.
The moon was the most beautiful thing about the morning. You could even see the craters in the surface of the moon. [Click to enlarge the photo] So pretty!
Can't wait to see what the lunch hour brings!