Today was a warm interlude between icy cold days of the polar vortex. It rained hard most of the morning, but I was determined to get out to hike at lunchtime regardless of the weather. Luckily for me, the rain stopped. It was about 43 degrees and the skies looked threatening, but I had a beautiful hike at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land without any rain! It was so good to get out and move again! It felt like Spring, but we all know the polar temperatures will be back again tomorrow. I was glad it wasn't too slippery!
During the first half of my hike, the sun was peeking out through "holes" in the clouds, causing rays to shine down through the clouds. I was too lazy to change my camera lens so I didn't take any pictures of it, but believe me when I say it was beautiful!
As I was leaving Breakneck Hill, I did take the time to change my lens and take this photo of the scenery with the beautiful, threatening clouds above.
I didn't see any "first of year" birds like I did over the weekend, but this hike was so much more enjoyable than birding from the car, or making quick stops and immediately getting back into the car. That just isn't as good as breathing in the fresh air and feeling the wind against your face. There's something about being out there that is so refreshing to the spirit. I really needed it.
Black-Capped Chickadee - 2
Blue Jay - 5
Dark Eyed Junco - 1
Downy Woodpecker - 1
Mourning Dove - 8
Northern Mockingbird - 2
Red Tailed Hawk - 2
Tufted Titmouse - 2
No sign of the fox or the rabbit!