January 20, 2003
was very windy today. Big swirls of snow were coming up from the ground
and snow was drifting all around the house.
The wind was really roaring. The sound of it blowing through the pines
And, in the midst of it all, I heard a
chickadee singing its "fee-bee"
January 21, 2003
all of this cold weather, maybe it's time for some cheerful pictures
that remind us of warmer weather.
Check out this beautiful Eastern
Tiger Swallowtail butterfly. And here's something
that you might enjoy seeing.
January 22, 2003
been so cold lately that I haven't been able to get outside to take
any photos. But here's a photo from after the last snowstorm.
These are white pine trees on a beautiful sunny day. By looking at
the amount of snow
on some of
their branches, it's easy to understand how these trees give protection
Of course, when the temperature gets warm enough, the snow does eventually
fall off . My guess is that this only happens after some of the snow
has melted, thus leaving less under the trees.
January 23, 2003
a hairy woodpecker drumming today
- on the limb of a beech tree. Between bouts of intensive drumming,
it was waving its bill back and forth. This kept on for quite a while
before the bird flew off to another tree. I didn't hear any drumming
For the hairy woodpecker, drumming is used both as a territorial behavior
and as part of the courtship ritual. I've read that bill-waving is
an aggressive display intended drive off intruding birds of the same
species. I didn't notice another woodpecker nearby, but there could
well have been one that I didn't see.
January 24, 2003
black bears are in their winter dens
and not looking at all like the one to the right.
Couldn't resist showing you this nice photo though - taken by David
Blevins, an excellent nature photographer. Click here
to visit his site and see more wonderful nature photos.
around this time of year that the
bear gives birth to her cubs.
Contrary to the myth that she sleeps
through it all, she's awake enough to care for her cubs during this
time. Though I wouldn't be surprised if she dosed off now and then
while they were nursing.
January 25, 2003
a purple finch at the bird feeder
today. First one I've spotted this winter.
Hadn't seen any fresh deer tracks
for several days. But today there were a few, so I guess the deer
are out and about again. There were also some fresh red
January 26, 2003
were two barred owls near the house
last night. At first I just heard a few descending "hoo-aw"
calls. Then they started making loud monkey-like sounds.
I think this is the first time I've heard two barred owls together
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