Archive for November, 2013

Counting Birds

Feederwatch

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I know it’s winter when the Project Feederwatch counting opens, which it did this weekend.

We have been Feederwatch participants for several years.  It’s a citizen science project run by The Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Participants count birds for 2 consecutive days each week from November to  April.  We upload our data to be combined with results from other counters.  The aggregate information is used for trending studies of all sorts, and to track the behavior of bird populations.

Yesterday we had a record 7 cardinals at one time in our yard, an auspicious beginning to the counting season.

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Snow

The other night we were at the Guthrie Theater in downtown Minneapolis. It was rather balmy (by November in Minnesota standards) but overcast when we entered. After the play, about 2 1/2 hours later, we exited to this:

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The next morning, although not huge quantities, it was the real thing. It’s obvious it’s a wet, heavy snow from the way everything is drooping, as the temperatures are not that low. However, it’s still around except on paved surfaces, albeit patchy. That empty shepherd’s hook to the left of the shrub is a sad vestige of summer. It’s where the hummingbird feeder hangs in warmer days. It’s depressing; we need to take it in or hang something from it, maybe corncobs for the squirrels.

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