A late season winter storm swept across Ontario, with significant snow, rain, freezing rain, ice pellets and wind, over the last three days. In actual fact, we were spared the worst of it here in the upper Ottawa valley. It certainly wasn't very nice out, but we only got a few centimeters of snow / ice pellets and minimal freezing rain. And no power interruptions. But for the time being at least, we're back into winter conditions.
And to think that we saw a red-winged blackbird at the Chalk River on Thursday.
We've had six turkeys hanging around for the latter part of the winter. In the last several days, they've been joined by a tom, who has been pretty much in constant display mode -- when he's not eating, that is.
Our front walk goes through an awkward phase each spring. As the snow melts, because the ground is still frozen, the water has nowhere to go. A lot pools on our front walk (on top of a thick layer of ice). On Wednesday morning, we noticed several red splotches on the surface of the water. Closer inspection showed these to be rafts of springtails.