At some point, mid-month, there was a thaw. The snow melted and the temperatures got into the 50's. I was surprised to see not only some flying insect, but also two woolly bear caterpillars (no big surprise), and a tiny grasshopper!
I also heard a frog jump into the pond water as I approached--I didn't actually see it, but what else would be jumping into the pond like that in mid-January?
The Deep Freeze
The warm-up ended, snow returned, but then the temperatures dropped. We had a week of frigid weather with temps down to 4 degrees over night. I made sure to feed the birds a lot extra that week.
There was a two-day warm up, but the temps are dropping back into the 20's this weekend.