Berries for Birds
Beaver Creek Road
12 November 2013
Yesterday we had our first real snow of the season, and while the accumulation was only a centimetre or two, it was sufficient to carpet the landscape white. When I went out this morning the temperature was minus 2°C, cold enough to prevent widespread melting.
The little wetland on Beaver Creek Road, which has been so productive from early spring onwards, was mostly iced over and other than for two Mallards Anas platyrynchos, devoid of birds.
These berries glistened in the sun and looked quite beautiful with their jaunty hat of snow. I have little doubt that before long Cedar Waxwings Bombycilla cedrorum and the few American Robins Turdus migratorius that still remain will make short work of them. Actually the berry crop all around is plentiful, so winter finches and other berry eaters should have easy pickings during the cold months ahead.