January 7, 2014 : Extreme Cold, Below Zero Start, Warming Up

Conditions
– Extreme cold last night, but warming through the day. Sunny with a few clouds, but becoming overcast in late afternoon.

Ground Conditions
– snow covered and frozen

Temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit)
– 12 about 1:45 pm (my observations, mercury thermometer)
– 11 and minus 9 (official from TV as of the 11 pm news)
– the official airport temperature was up to zero about noon
– the high temperature was tonight as temps continued to rise

Observations
– didn’t do much observing
– after some more research I now think the hairy woodpeckers I’ve been seeing are actually Downy and not Hairy like I thought before (but it is hard to be absolutely certain)

Birds
– juncos
– cardinal – female, male
– smalls
– goldfinches
– hairy woodpecker or downy woodpecker – after some research I now think the ones I’ve been seeing are actually Downy and not Hairy like I thought before (but it is hard to be absolutely certain)

Other Animals
– looks like rabbit tracks

January 6, 2014 : Very Cold! And Getting Colder! Record Low!

Conditions
– Very Cold! Windy. Sunny, but through some cloudiness, so it wasn’t very bright much of the time. Temperatures dropping.

Ground Conditions
– snow covered and frozen

Temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit)
– 4 about 11:15 am, about 3 at 3 pm, below zero at 5:15 pm (maybe 2 below – see note below), I estimate minus 5 about 10:15 pm (see note below) (my observations)
Note: my mercury thermometer isn’t marked below zero and I don’t know if it is accurate that low
– wind chills were around minus 30 at noon (TV news)
– 23 and minus 10 (official from TV as of 10 pm news)
– 23 and -10 (official from Weather Underground)
minus 10 was a RECORD LOW for this date and occurred tonight

Precipitation
– maybe another 0.5 inch of snow last night after midnight (hard to tell if there was any snow or not today)

Observations
– I put out extra bird seed
– the cardinal male was not as skittish as usual today – the cold makes him braver I guess, but the female is never as skittish and she was about the same as usual
– I saw the red-bellied woodpecker eating snow on the trunk of the red bud tree (photos)

Birds
– juncos – photos
– cardinals – male, female, photos
– hairy woodpecker – male, female, photos
– red-bellied woodpecker, photos
– goldfinches
– smalls

Other Animals
– I think there had been a squirrel on the bird feeder – the snow had been pushed off and there were what could be squirrel tracks

Photos
– woodpeckers, juncos, cardinal

Photo of Cardinal Female

Cardinal Female

 

Photo of Cardinal Female

Cardinal Female

January 3, 2014 : Cold!

Conditions
– Bright sunshine, blue sky, sparkling white snow and cold.

Ground Conditions
– about 5 inches of snow

Temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit)
– 16 at noon (my observations)
– minus 5 and 14 (official from TV)
– minus 5º F = -20.556º C (conversion by metric-conversions.org)

Birds
– juncos
– smalls
– goldfinch
– black-capped chickadee
– wren – on suet feeder
– hairy woodpecker(s)
– cardinal – female, male
– dove

Other Animals
– squirrel

Day 023 – January 23, 2013 – Wednesday

Weather
A very cold morning again. Cold and cloudy with steady light snow starting a little after 3 pm and continuing until after dark and then becoming lighter and probably ending around midnight. It was a very light, dry, fluffy snow – the kind that is so beautiful to watch come floating down.

Conditions
There was a little snow on the ground to start with but there was more grass than snow showing. The inch we got today was enough to cover the ground.

Temperatures (Official) (Fahrenheit, from TV or Weather Underground)
20 and 8

Temperatures Observed (Fahrenheit, my observations, mercury thermometer)
25 in early afternoon I think
22 at 6 pm

Precipitation
probably about 1 inch

Birds
cardinal – 2 males and 2 females, VERY unusual!!!, years ago there were 5 or 6 pairs around one winter, but I don’t remember seeing more than one pair (and their children) since then (although it may have happened).
juncos – 2

Other Animals
squirrel
mouse – outside, caught in the trap with stale cheese as bait
rabbits – several, after dark tonight

Photos
Of the cardinals and juncos (Sony, while it was snowing)

Here are some of the female Cardinal:

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Female Cardinal Photo

Female Cardinal Photo

Day 021 – January 21, 2013 – Monday

Weather
It was very cold with snow showers, heavy at times, from late morning until mid-afternoon, that left a dusting of snow on the ground. There were some brief peeks of sun, between and during snow showers, and then becoming sunny with a few clouds in the late afternoon. It was also breezy/windy.

Temperatures (Official) (Fahrenheit, from Weather Underground)
23 and 9 (official from Weather Underground)
the high was in the early am hours last night and the low was in the hour or so before midnight tonight

Temperatures Observed (Fahrenheit, my observations, mercury thermometer)
25 about 1:15 pm, 14 about 11:50 pm

Birds
cardinal – male
dove(s) – 1 or 2

Other Animals
squirrel
mouse – a very small one, near the base of the bird feeder, it was unusually small and looked like it didn’t have much hair, but I don’t know what else it would have been

Photos
snow in the yard (Canon)