I went out for a little while this morning before the wind picked up too much. Winds have been building from the northwest all afternoon 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 45 mph and feels like they are coming off ice.
I went out to watch the otters for a bit this morning. They really put on a show. I try to enjoy them while they are here as their visit is all to brief. They swirled and played in the water, running up on the banks and sliding back in the water. It was like watching children at play.
I was thrilled to see a Wood Duck on the pond this morning. It has been a disappointing winter without them. Hopefully additional will come in for nesting. Not many brave souls out in the cold and wind this morning and the creatures responded to the quite by coming close in.
A usual visitor, the Great Blue Heron was not so skittish this morning.
The Cooper's Hawk sat nearby intently watching for an opportunistic meal. All in all despite the weather, it was a really good morning.