Archive | October 17, 2015

The Weather Turns

Rusty Blackbird

Rusty Blackbird

Thanksgiving weekend in Ottawa is usually nice – sunny and warm, with the temperature in the high teens or low twenties. The fall colours are bright, and the trails are packed with people enjoying the last of the nice weather. Early October is my favourite time of the fall because the trees are at their peak colour and you can still go outside without needing a hat, gloves, or heavy jacket to enjoy the gorgeous fall colours and the migrating birds.

And then it happens – the weather changes. Yesterday was a nice, seasonable 10°C; this morning was a cold, gray, drizzly 3°C with a wind blowing straight from the north pole. I was determined to go out – not only did I want to find a few year birds to add to my list, I also anticipated tripping over fewer people on the trails.

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