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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