Friday, November 30, 2007

The Coming Storm

Last night's Birds and Beers was well attended and the conversation covered a whole range of subjects. Top of the list was the movement of finches from up north. People are seeing lots of species like Pine Siskins (Carduelis pinus) and Red-breasted Nuthatches (Sitta canadensis). The weather service is predicting a significant storm for Saturday across much of Minnesota, so it will be interesting to see what species are driven to feeders. If you feed birds, make sure your feeders are full tonight.

Many of us will miss watching the snow come down since tomorrow is the annual Minnesota Ornithologists Union paper session at the Bell Museum on the campus of the University of Minnesota. We'll get there but getting home might be a different story.

Two new books that got good reviews from last night's group are Carroll Henderson's latest book called "Oology: Ralph's Talking Eggs" and "Of a Feather" by Scott Wiedensaul which is a history of birdwatching in North America. Good holiday gifts for the birder in your life.

Go find the snow shovel.

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