Overnight 21-22 December 2013
The ice storm predicted by the meteorologists to arrive overnight did so with the full ferocity anticipated. In fact, in the immediate area of our home we escaped relatively unscathed; other areas were hit far worse. The City of Toronto, for example, now has around 250,000 people without power, some of whom may not be restored before Christmas. There is devastation all around us so we consider ourselves very fortunate to be warm at home with minor inconvenience at worst.
Pictures below of our bird feeders illustrate very well the extent of the ice build up.
Despite the severe impact of the storm, the branches, coated in their crystal glitter look quite beautiful, even with a broken branch in the second picture below.
We were concerned for the welfare of the birds who had to endure such conditions in darkness, especially the small passerines, so we were very happy indeed to see them patronizing our feeders soon after first light. American Goldfinches Carduelis tristis, especially seemed undeterred by the ice and were constant visitors to feed on high energy shelled sunflower seeds.
All in all, as is so true of many things in life, it could have been worse.