We are in the midst of the proverbial January thaw, with bright sun and mild temperatures just above freezing. The river has opened up considerably from a week ago. Saturday afternoon we went on an inspection tour ...
Only a few ice bridges remain, and those are unsafe for human passage - note the foot thick ice still remaining on a part of the river. The snow is crisscrossed with animal tracks - deer, squirrel, fox.
The sun is beginning to reach the feeders for the first time in two months. The pleasant day took me onto the back porch for a short while to take a few pictures without an intervening window ... and with good light.
The Black-capped Chickadee is a year round resident, brightening even the darkest of winter days.