3 Strange Signs of a Weirdly Warm Winter for Weens

It is another Wordless Wednesday, the first one of 2015, in fact!

The theme of this Blog Hop is to post without words, as the title suggests, but for the first time at WagsAhoy.com we are going to “break the silence” to bring you a special report from the Boston area, sharing with you a number of odd observations about this uncharacteristically warm winter season.

First things first, for those of you not native to the New England area, this Christmas holiday was one of the top ten mildest on Boston weather record, reaching an uncharacteristically high 59 degrees, with other areas in New England reaching the highest temperature on record!

To say the least, Gilligan did not have a white Christmas this year. While Boston’s weather has fluctuated each winter in the past decade from fairly mild to heavy snow practically every other day, with snowfall usually starting somewhere in late November/early December, this winter as of January 7th, 2015 the only significant snowfall Weens has experienced was on Thanksgiving week while visiting New Hampshire on his birthday.


It was after strapping into his new camouflage jacket (which we’ll review for you in an upcoming post) when, out on a walk on January 6th, with a dusting of snow finally falling, Gilly made 3 Strange observations that indicate just how weirdly warm this winter is.

1. Southerly Flight

The Canadian Geese flew South, Today!

While we were not able to capture them on camera because the moment happened too fast, this Tuesday marked the day when the Canadian geese finally flew South for the winter, and Gilly actually saw a flock of them leaving our favorite local river park in their characteristic “flying V,” right over his head during the walk! Further inquiry shows that the Canadian goose has become more and more “residential” in Massachusetts over the past decade, and in fact there are a number of flights to and from this area by different flocks happening historically from September arrival, all the way through to this time of year. Still, the author has lived in the Boston area for over 30 years, and does not recall ever seeing the geese stick around through this late in the season.

2. Sooty Squirrel!

We spotted a squirrel of a different color!

In another first for the author in 30 years of New England living, we spotted a black-coated squirrel in the park! The squirrels around here are always usually grey. The black-coated squirrel is common a bit further South in places like Washington, D.C. and the surrounding areas.

As is usually the case with these wiley, bushy-tailed rodents, Gilligan and his trusty photographer had to play a several minutes-long game of “Ring Around the Tree” before the rare squirrel was satisfied enough with his own safety to stand still and allow himself to be photographed. Can you see him below?


3. Swan Song Remains the Same

The water is Just Beginning to Freeze Over Now!

Many of you in the northern United States and Canada have commented about how your waters have already frozen over for the season, but we here in Boston are still seeing flowing water, which is not usual!


We’re not experts here on where the swans go for winter, but while the geese are away, it seems that the swans still play.  Luckily the action from the remaining swans was not so fast that we couldn’t get some real photos for you to see.


As we’ve said, the authors here are no experts on how to interpret these observations, so you won’t see any conclusions about global climate change and the like. Perhaps these are all common sights that have gone unnoticed by the author thus far, and certainly weather patterns fluctuate from year to year, especially in this region.

For now, Gilligan enjoys the little dusting of snow tickling his fur as he watches the swans diving and gliding across the river, half wishing for real snow but half grateful for the continuing warmth of a thus far very mild Boston winter.


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36 thoughts on “3 Strange Signs of a Weirdly Warm Winter for Weens

  1. It’s been cold here in the mornings/evenings and nights, but the days have for the most part been nice. Almost too warm for a jacket. California is like that.

    Have a woof woof day. My best to your mom. 🙂

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  2. I think you won’t be saying it is warm by tonight or tomorrow. Some very cold weather and wind is on it’s way! I’m in the DC area and our winters always flip-flop between warm/cold, but right now we have about 3 inches of snow, it’s 19 degrees going down to 8. I can only imagine it will be worse in Boston!

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    1. You couldn’t be more right, Taryn! We just went out for a late afternoon run, and I needed Papa to carry me in his arms for half of it! My little feet were freezing on the ground and I had to stop in protest more than once! At least he got a little extra workout out of the deal! It is 19 degrees here right now as well!


  3. Well, that has all come to an end now! We had to drive home last Saturday in that little snowstorm (from Western Mass. to NH and just enough to make the roads lousy), which then turned to rain the next day! It’s been a crazy winter for sure and now it’s getting ridiculously cold. Well, we’re used to that here in New England, but we still like to complain about it, dont’ we?! LOL

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    1. Sure helps pass the time… the winters tend to be long… funny how we can complain even when they’re mild! Our family in NH has been cursing the little dustings, saying it should just snow for real, or not! We agree! Let there be enough to play in!


  4. We had no snow for Christmas either, and it was very very strange not to see it. We got hammered on Thanksgiving with tons of snow though. Right now, we are having record low temps and the wind chill here is brutal. I love your new camo jacket Gilly! You are looking quite fly on your hikes! Hugs!

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    1. Sounds like you are experiencing similar whether to us here! That wind chill factor is VERY real tonight! Thanks for the compliment on the jacket; as a preview the review will be mixed! Shhh! 😉


    1. Some years we curse the snow here, but have to admit it is disappointing to not have a nice “snowed in” day here and there through the winter. We miss it! Thanks for tuning in!


  5. We had our second snow of the season this morning. It was not forecast.Tonight will be about ten degrees. Mom says that she never seen black squirrels anyplace but canada. We are in Virginia. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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    1. Thanks for the pawments! Yeah, Mama says she saw black squirrels in Fredericksburg. We looked on Wiki and it says they are native to Canada and the Northeast, so it seems to follow that they would be around here, just weird we’ve never seen them before (again, Papa’s spent his whole life living around here)!


  6. I seem to keep hearing on the news how it’s been so cold back east. I guess they don’t say when it’s nice! It’s been really hot here recently, but last week was much colder than usual. We can’t seem to have our usual mild winter weather!

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    1. Thanks so much! They call me a “dapper Dapple” around here! As for the jacket, the style is great but it ain’t all rosy; we’ll be bringing you some important constructive feedback in the product review coming up! Stay tuned, and thanks for stopping in today! *wags*


  7. This winter has been weird. November was freezing and snowy, December was warm and rainy with lots of fog, and now we have been below zero for a week. Last winter was so awesome, we got spoiled!

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    1. Yes indeed! We got snow today, but just a light dusting, and VERY cold wind the past few days. We would rather have a foot of snow without the bone-chilling winds, so we can play! 🙂


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