Opossum, Swans and Icy Waters

The weather was mild so I went on a few walks this weekend.

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We stopped briefly at the Saganashkee Slough to see if we could see any bald eagles and ending up watching this opossum for a while.

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It looks like the opossum is looking at us.

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The mute swans were swimming at Lake Katherine today near the fish sculpture where a little ice had thawed.

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A crack in the lake ice.  The weather was supposed to get above 50 degrees today.

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In the ephemeral pond the logs were frozen solid.

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I always love this little bridge over the pond.

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Looking back from the other side I could see my shadow.  Cypress leaves everywhere.

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We took a drive down to Channahon yesterday looking for bald eagles.  No luck.  We first stopped at the Rock Run Rockery and I enjoyed seeing the gull reflections on the ice.  Without a scope it was hard to identify all the birds.  Then we headed over to the 4 Rivers Environmental center, which was a wonderful place, but we had run out of time, so did not spend much time there.  I saw my first hairy woodpecker in the woods there.

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Back at home the squirrels and blue jays occasionally have some crabapples.  The woodpeckers come for the suet.

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The serviceberry branches I brought inside in mid-January are just starting to open.