A quiet chilly walk on the sea and the call of the eider and the loon


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    Published on Jan 06, 2022
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    We've had a mixed bag of weather, which is par for the course here in coastal New England. As I hear others speak of 'odd weather' I just smile as one day of freeze followed by a balmy 50 is the norm here in my bit of sea side New England.

    On a day like this video capture it was that crisp cold I love. It is especially magical if it has followed a few days of 40F weather with rain and grey skys. The air feels sharp and the crunch underfoot of grass, boardwalk or sand almost has a similar sound.

    It also feels as if sound carries further on such days and I was happy to come upon some of my favourite sea ducks, eiders (yes that from which were made eider downs) and their funny call. Some call it sarcastic.

    I love how the gentleman eider are always in evening dress in their white tie and black coat, The female is a bit more sensible, rather like a sensible unmarried aunt forever in her tweeds in the countryside.

    The loon, of course, is one of my favourite calls and tho it often accompanies our foggy mornings, on a bright crisp cold day, I can catch it's plaintive toon as it sings out and its song carries across the harbour into all nooks and crannies of nature. I've been on my woodland bit of my walk, deep into the saltmarshes, and hear it's call or simply on the shore early morning and it'll break through the mist, just above the gulls cry.

    I hope you enjoy this little moment of slipping into a cold walk on Cape Cod and as always remember to get out and enjoy nature.

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