With yesterdays Christmas Bird Count being a long anticipated event, it was disappointing that the day, while beautiful with it's snowfall, made driving around tough and caused me to forego the count at Carver Park. The roads were not in the best of shape and the drive would have been slow so I watched my feeders all day instead and got a good workout trying to keep the squirrels from getting everything. What has me thinking about the local birds today is the fact that once the snow stopped and the front moved through, the temperatures plummeted to a low of -12 this morning. Not only that but the winds picked up too and the wind chills were in the -25 to -30 range. I can only imagine how tough it must be for the birds to survive these conditions.
As the week goes on it should warm up a little but it is going to be a long winter none the less, I have a feeling this is more of a normal winter but with the milder winters we've had the last few years, it probably makes people wonder what happened to this global warming thing....
Avoid the temptation to look out the window and make global assumptions!
Have a great winter solstice and enjoy the daylight ahead as it gets longer every day.