I was surprised to see a new, larger "No Pets" sign at the entrance to the trails. Not long after I started down the trail, a deer spooked and rushed right to left across the path in front of me. It stayed just off the trail for a little while cautiously watching me, but after I stopped to look back at it, it rushed off with a flash of its white tail.
The water is freezing over, although there is still plenty of open water, but no waterfowl were visible. I heard at least two Carolina Wrens, some Song Sparrows and lots of Black-Capped Chickadees. Otherwise, it was quiet and uneventful. There were a few moths flying about, and one of the Song Sparrows pursued one of them.
It was a warm 47 degrees, a pleasant surprise. The sun did peak out today, which was another pleasant surprise since it wasn't predicted until tomorrow.