February warmup

February 03, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

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.

 

1-20-20 Downy Woodpecker drinks1-20-20 Downy Woodpecker drinks

 

A Brown Creeper tried to slip in near a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker to snatch a teeny bit of bark butter.

 

1-21-20 Brown Creeper and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker female1-21-20 Brown Creeper and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker female

 

Carolina Wrens are often seen poking about in the leaves at the base of trees for hidden insects.

 

1-22-20 Carolina Wren1-22-20 Carolina Wren

 

A White-breasted Nuthatch used its bill to spear a bit of bark butter.

 

1-22-20 White-breasted Nuthatch1-22-20 White-breasted Nuthatch

 

The immature female Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was seen on 1-27-20 very briefly. Both sapsuckers may return with colder weather!

 

1-27-20 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker immature female1-27-20 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker immature female

 

One sign of spring that we spotted - Celandine or Wood Poppies (Stylophorum diphyllum) are beginning to emerge through the leaf litter. 

 

2-2-20 Celandine Poppies (Stylophorum diphyllum) emerging2-2-20 Celandine Poppies (Stylophorum diphyllum) emerging
 

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!

 

 

 

 


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