Winter Ornithology (4 of 4)

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It’s as interesting to see the red foxes on the white background or found tracks of raccoons and squirrels in the snow, see pine and fir trees as if I was in front of a full-scale postcard or a magical forest.

The cold was intense sometimes, I had to wrap a scarf around my nose to warm the air before breathing it.

I spent many more winters in Montreal, either full of part of them. Sometimes, I would take a walk on the frozen lakes. I even tried to ice skate, only to discover that just trying to stand still drained me of all of my energy. I eventually skated but I had to grab the railing or my friend’s hand.

The other times I tried other winter activities: snowshoeing, downhill skiing, and the best, a sledge ride pulled by Huskies and Alaskan malamutes.

It was a special season during I spent my time on my couch, with my cat, watching movies, sipping tea and if I was lucky and organized, travel to southern countries.

I had friends that went winter camping, I haven’t tried that one yet. I can’t really imagine myself getting out of my tent in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom in that type of cold.

I really enjoyed the owl-watching experience and other species in the winter, it was a peaceful feeling… however I won’t repeat the experience frequently, I want to keep all my fingers and ears if possible!

Helena Arroyo

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