The Snow Changes Everything
It is not too often that a cold spell on the coast creates the conditions where the ground is covered with snow for a number of days. With snow coming right to the water's edge animal behaviour changes. The otters convert the dock into a makeshift "slip'n slide" rolling, sliding, and frolicking. The flocks of small birds move quietly through the branches, their sounds muffled by the snow on the tree branches. Squirrel and chipmunk trails become obvious in the snow.
It is a different world when the snow sticks but it is transient. After a few days everything is now returning to "normal".