Two warm days, soon winter weather returns.
Many say February is the dullest month of the year, but it is the month when we begin to see signs of spring. A new record high of 69 degrees was set on Sunday, 2-2-20. It reached 70.7 degrees here. And, in case you hadn't heard, Sunday's date was an exceptional one, being a rare palindrome. Here's one story about it: Rare palindrome
The warm winds brought Snow Geese flying high overhead this morning to add to the list for #33 for the year. The Brown Creepers were missed on Sunday, but one was back again today. Otherwise, birds have been seen at the usual pace for milder winter weather.
A female Downy Woodpecker stopped in to get a drink at the bubbler on 1-20-20. No matter what birds are eating, they often need water in winter.
A Brown Creeper tried to slip in near a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker to snatch a teeny bit of bark butter.
Carolina Wrens are often seen poking about in the leaves at the base of trees for hidden insects.
A White-breasted Nuthatch used its bill to spear a bit of bark butter.
The immature female Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was seen on 1-27-20 very briefly. Both sapsuckers may return with colder weather!
One sign of spring that we spotted - Celandine or Wood Poppies (Stylophorum diphyllum) are beginning to emerge through the leaf litter.
More cold and a bit of snow is in the forecast, but hardy native plants know when it's time to take advantage of the warmer days.
We've gained 50 minutes since the Winter Solstice!