Saturday, March 21, 2015

Well, THAT Was Disappointing

*sigh* Awoke this morning to another fresh snowfall. It amounted to less than half an inch but still....

Then it stayed cloud and overcast for the rest of the day. While it did reach 39 degrees at the Aerie, that was about 5 degrees--and a whole lot of sunshine--less than I expected. Late afternoon did see a bit of a drizzle that, along with the 39 degrees, helped melt some of the snow that fell yesterday and today. Still have a considerable amount to go. Tomorrow's temperatures won't help but, maybe, if the sun comes out, it should get the driveway and lawn back to where they were on Thursday. Maybe.


Terry made a big pot of split pea soup today. So thick that if you turned the spoon upside down, it took a long time falling (not dripping!) off. Just the way I like it.

And this evening we went to the United Methodist Church in bustling downtown Mainesburg (consists of a dozen houses, the grist mill, and the church) for a chicken-and-biscuits dinner.

Makes up for this morning's snow.


Still have a considerable number of Common Redpolls and Pine Siskins hanging around the feeders. Mentioned them at the Audubon meeting on Wednesday and everyone was like, "Wow!"  Apparently we are the only ones around that have had them visiting this winter.

Also have the usual crowd of Black-capped Chickadees, American Goldfinches, Dark-eyed Juncos, Mouring Doves, Tufted Titmice, White-breasted Nuthatches, Blue Jays....

Wednesday the weekend's winds from the north died down and I saw several huge flocks of Snow Geese flying north.They were up quite high but the sun lit them up like beacons. Sprinkled among two of the flocks (each numbering in the 2-300 range) were a few darker birds which may have been the dark morph sometimes called a Blue Goose. One flock, however, had a separate wing of a dozen or so dark birds which I speculate may have been Canada Geese.

The Snow Geese sound slightly different than Canadas and their organization is, well, a bit sloppier. Their Vs aren't quite as crisp being more like a wide bottomed U instead. And they argue about who should be the leader more instead of a well regimented rotation of that lead position. That said, they sure knew which direction was North!

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