I went out for two short walks around my neighbourhood this past weekend. I didn't see much of anything, but I did come across this poem that perfectly described the feeling during my strolls. The poem is titled Winter Uplands by Archibald Lampman.
Today I did the Christmas Bird Count with people whom I have gotten to know this semester that enjoy bird-watching too. It has been a while since I bird-watched with other naturalists, and I have forgotten how fun it can be (and less awkward compared to birding by myself in the suburbs and/or parks with children around).
Focusing on the Goldeneyes on the Rideau River.
We saw a total of 26 different species (the others kept actual counts for each species), and below were the more interesting species that we observed and that I photographed.
The school semester is finally over, but work (i.e., preparing for qualifying exam) still continues no matter what. I took some photos the past two weekends just walking along the canal and hiking in the Arboretum hoping to see some wildlife.
Preparation for Winterlude has begun even though the ice is not thick enough yet.