Saturday Snapshot Dec. 3: Late Autumn

After I came back from London in mid October, the Pond already looked deserted. Suddenly in the last few days my Air (Avian) B&B was buzzing with activities again. The Pond had become the meeting place of waterfowls making their last stop before heading south.

Here are some of them on a sunny, cheery afternoon. So glad to see signs of life before the big chill. Forecast for next week’s lowest temperature: -24C (-11F).

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riverview

Pardon me for not showing my regulars the Mallards, but it’s the infrequent guests that I treasure more; although still ‘common’, there are just less of them than Mallards. Here are the Buffleheads. Like they’re right out of a Monet painting. No colour alteration here:

buffleheads

 

bufflehead-couple

My favourite has to be Mrs. Merganser. No matter what time of day, she looks like Lucille Ball just out of bed. Her uncombed, red hair stands out particularly:

lucille-ball

 

lucille

Up in the sky, more Canada Geese getting ready to land on the Pond, joining the late Autumn sendoff party:

canada-geese

Less convivial on land, I’m afraid. Why, it’s all brown and barren. The white-tailed deer filling up in the evening sun. Yes, it looks desolate. Dry shrubs are all that’s left for food.

autumn-brown

 

deer

And -20’s C. next week? Good time to tackle the piles of books on my bedside table.

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Arti

If she’s not birding by the Pond, Arti’s likely watching a movie, reading, or writing a review. Bylines in Asian American Press, Vague Visages, Curator Magazine.

23 thoughts on “Saturday Snapshot Dec. 3: Late Autumn”

  1. What gorgeous skies. Don’t you love it when the color is just perfect like that? Yesterday we were watching a colorize Lucy Christmas special and I had to smile as you described the duck. The buff heads — wow. Never seen those!

    Yes, the DA special is playing here. Pledge time! Fun to see my old “friends” again!

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    1. Denise,

      It’s business as usual. Mind you, the hour when the temp. will dip so low is likely the overnight hours. But during the day, temp. next week is forecast to be around the -16C Even when we have – 20’s C, we still go about our daily chores as usual. Kids still go to school, buses still run, offices open…

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  2. Lovely photos. It’s nice to see some wildlife photos for a change. I can’t believe the temperatures are dropping so quickly here in Toronto, not like how you’re getting slammed but sweater weather one day to parka weather the next. We’re supposed to get snow next weekend too. I hope you enjoy getting to your books πŸ™‚
    Here’s my
    WoW

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    1. Welcome Kimberly. You’ll see it’s mostly wild life here on Ripple Effects. By the Pond here, mainly avian as I’m an avid birder, but whatever that mingles in Nature that I capture with my camera. Other than that, it’s books and movies.

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  3. It’s 54F here right now, and rained all day. You would think we’re in the Arctic, if you saw all the coats and boots and scarves and gloves! When I saw that temperature for you, I thought, “Oh, no. It’s too soon!” But it is December. I still can’t believe we’re nearly to solstice, and Christmas.

    Like you, I love the mergansers. I see them here, but perhaps only once or twice a year. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a bufflehead. They remind me of another duck here, but I’m not even sure what it is. I’m eager to hear some geese — I hope to find some at the refuges — if the weather ever clears enough to go down there.

    But mallards? Oh, my. Ours arrived about three weeks ago, and it’s such fun to see that some of the regulars are back. It’s easy to pick out a few because of the patterns that have resulted from their interbreeding with the muscovy, but others still remember the call that means “there’s food over here!”

    Tomorrow’s the second Sunday in Advent — again, how can this be? A blessed season to you!

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    1. Linda,

      As a matter of fact, I see Mallards all winter. Don’t think they even fly anywhere. Canada Geese too, I’d seen them in deep winter. Some people told me they stay around, maybe just to nearby warmer spots. These creatures are so used to the cold now. More so than we humans, I suppose. After decades of living here, I’m still wary of winter. Mind you, I’ve seen people in t-shirts and shorts once the temp. get back to zero!

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  4. You made me laugh about Lucille the duck. I’m also noticing different birds this season, and some of last winter’s birds have come through, too… maybe to stay, and maybe from places like yours that are SO much colder! I’m cold this very minute, and I think it a very fitting state in which to read about your freezing North!

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    1. GretchenJoanna,

      Indeed, every time I see a female Merganser I think of Lucille. Not only her hairdo, her demeanour too. Look at her again. Too bad I didn’t have a long enough tele lens to give you a more closer look. πŸ™‚

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  5. All the brown certainly makes the blue water even bluer! A pretty contrast. Your cold is heading our way! We are forecast for a low of 2F/-16C next week. Guess it is finally time to get out my winter coat!

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    1. Sue,

      Thanks for your kind words. I love Nature and my avian friends. We’re used to seeing ‘unusual’ temp. anytime of the year. Thanks for stopping by the Pond and leaving your ripples. πŸ™‚

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