This American Beaver (Castor canadensis) made a rare and cold, daytime appearance at the shoreline long enough to pose for a few photographs before swimming upstream. The weather was cold enough to form ice crystals on the beaver's mouth.
An American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) sits on an electric line, focused on the roadside field below.
On a stretch of the two coldest days of the year, the night wind chill drops to -20 F, leaving birds and beasts to hunker down and take refuge.
The mercury drops and a wall of snow and wind blast in, blocking out the sunset and ushering in the coldest night of the year.
As a cold front approaches, a Barred Owl (Strix varia), sits patiently on a grape vine at the edge of the woods.
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Photographs, musings and observations. (Click on images to enlarge.)