NickEJ02903 t1_j7x3y1t wrote

My wife and I used to come up from New York to spend Christmas and new years walking around, bird watching, spotting seals, reading and sketching the landscape(me). There were almost no accommodations open, but while it wasn't very cheap, it was quiet, beautiful, and a lot less expensive than the summer. Then some travel magazine wrote about it being great in the off-season, and how you could get drunk on new years and walk everywhere, and all of a sudden it was filled with private planes and the rates went through the roof. We've lived in RI now for over twenty years and haven't been back to BI.


NickEJ02903 t1_j5349ei wrote

Likely a juvenile. The first year males mostly are the ones that risk spending the winter up north. If it's a bad winter, with frozen ponds and few mice and other small rodents around, they could starve. But if it's a moderate or warm winter, they'll have a priority claim on good territory when the rest migrate north again.