It almost seems impossible that we went from 50 degrees Fahrenheit to freezing and back out again last week. Especially as I sit inside today avoiding a wind-chill of 7 degrees F. below zero. I visited the lakefront almost every workday this past week, monitoring the thaw. Although the weather in Chicago is still a primary topic of conversation, it is clouded by the perception that with climate change, anything could happen and whatever it is, it will most likely be weird.
Here is a Ring-Billed Gull testing the ice closer to the shoreline.
A little piece of ice made for two Canada Geese.
And here’s the same Ring-Billed Gull joined by a Herring Gull (yawning in this picture), who was kind enough to stand close enough to offer a credible size comparison.
A couple days later, the ice had melted enough to accommodate Red-Breasted Mergansers closer in.
Friday morning I went down early before work, and I always see the sun just starting to come up over the lake before I get to it. For the heck of it I stopped in the breaking dawn to see if I could get a picture of the sun coming up through the trees. Without a tripod this shot was never meant to happen, but I kind of like the surreal effect anyway.
A Common Goldeneye male…
The picture I did finally get of the sunrise…
A crow over the water…
and several Common and Red-Breasted Mergansers in flight.
These three Herring Gulls in various stages of plumage complement the ice in various stages of thaw. That’s a female Red-Breasted Merganser in the background.
And here’s the White-Throated Sparrow who hangs out in the hedges by the yacht club.