I woke up this morning and discovered to my great surprise, that the 101 acre community lake where I live, has frozen over! The Ducks have gone else-where or are hunkering down on the shoreline. I did see the Canada Geese and Greylag Goose fly by low to the ice, looking quite bewildered! We do have a larger lake in our private community here that usually does not completely freeze. As far as our frozen lake – last year the lake froze about two weeks later in the year than it has this year. Old time residents here remarked last year that it had been the first time that this lake froze in the past twenty-one years! So, I don’t know if this is the new normal or if this spate of very cold (for TN) weather is just unusual. The backyard was just filled with birds this morning, too!
I saw a Northern Yellow-Shafted Flicker, a Yellow Bellied Sap Sucker, a Blue Jay, several White Breasted Nuthatches, several Tufted Titmice, several Mourning Doves, Crows, and many Junco’s and Sparrows! Quite the morning for bird watching! We also have the usual pack of Grey Squirrels and several resident Eastern Chipmunks! No Ducks, however have shown up. I took these pictures just a few moments ago (literally right out of the camera) on 12/20/10 at about 9:20 A.M. Central Time. Note the Crow walking on the water! Well, frozen water anyway! That single Crow was the only one of the birds to venture out onto the ice. Guess that Crow must have been thirsty or curious. The birds must be highly confused about the frozen state of the lake. It is making for great bird sightings, though. Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger photo!