January 4, 2014 : Calm Before the Storm

Conditions
– Warmer. Some melting of the snow. Sometimes sunny and sometimes cloudy.

Ground Conditions
– ground still covered although probably not as deep because there has been a little melting

Temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit)
– about 32 at noon, 35 about 5 pm, still about 35 at about 11 pm (my observations)
– 36 and 11 (preliminary official data from U.S. National Weather Service)

Observations
– didn’t do much observing today

Birds
– juncos
– hairy woodpecker – female
– dove
– cardinal – male

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

January 2, 2014 – Snow!

It was beautiful day, especially in the morning when it wasn’t windy. Snow is one of the most beautiful and wonderful things in nature. Everything blanketed in soft white snow, the flakes falling, and the quiet; beautiful and peaceful.

Conditions
– Snow in the morning. 4.5 inches on the bird feeder and 4 inches on the patio table (which is a metal meshwork so early on the snow would have fallen through) by noon and still snowing steadily. After noon the snow became lighter, with some pauses, and it got windy. Temperatures were dropping too. About 2 pm or so I measured 4.5 on the hood of my truck and 4 to 4.5 inches on the sidewalk and driveway (the first snow probably melted there as the ground would have been above freezing).

Ground Conditions
– snow cover of 5 inches or so

Temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit)
– 24 or 25 at noon, 20 at 3:30 pm (my observations)
– 29 and 8 (official from Weather Underground)
– the low was tonight just before midnight

Precipitation
– about 5 inches of snow

Gardening and Yard Work
– shoveling snow

Birds
– woodpeckers – the usual hairy woodpeckers, female and male – photos
– juncos – photos
– goldfinch
– cardinal – female, male

Photos
– snow, juncos, woodpecker

Snow!

Snow!

Hairy Woodpecker on Suet Feeder

Hairy Woodpecker on Suet Feeder

Junco on Suet Feeder

Junco on Suet Feeder

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Junco in snow

 

Happy New Year!

Conditions
– Sunny in the morning then cloudy

Temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit)

– 41 about 1:45 pm, about 42 later (my observations)
– 41 and 22 (official from Weather Underground)

Observations

– didn’t do much observing

Birds
– woodpecker – hairy woodpecker (I’m still not absolutely sure they are not downy woodpeckers but I’m all but certain)
– juncos
– goldfinches – more than one today
– smalls
– cardinal male

Other Animals
– dog – a loose dog in the yard – same one as the other day

Day 061 – March 02, 2013 – Saturday

Weather:
Cold with light snow most of the day. Only a very light dusting, a trace – enough to just barely cover the bare dirt in the flower bed.

Temperatures (Official): (Fahrenheit, from Weather Underground)
28 and 24

Temperatures Observed: (Fahrenheit, my observations, mercury thermometer)
30 about 4 pm

Precipitation:
a trace of snow

Birds:
juncos
cardinal – male, female
smalls – a bunch
robins – 2
dove

Other Animals:
squirrel

Photos:
a few of the yard to show the trace of snow (Canon)

Day 060 – March 01, 2013 – Friday

Weather:
Cloudy with some very light snow – very tiny flakes that you couldn’t see unless you were outside in it. No accumulation. All the snow is gone today.

Temperatures (Official): (Fahrenheit, from TV or Weather Underground)
34 and 27
The low was just before midnight tonight and I think the high was probably just after midnight last night.

Precipitation:
nothing measurable, not even enough to wet the ground

Birds:
junco
cardinal – female

Other Animals:
squirrel

Day 059 – February 28, 2013 – Thursday

Weather:
Cloudy and cold. Probably a few flurries or sprinkles in late afternoon and evening
Snow in the early AM – enough to cover the ground and the street. At noon the snow was melting and the street and patio were wet with no snow, but the grass and roofs still had what looked like at least an inch, so there must have been at least an inch or two before it started melting. Except for some patchy snow on the grass and the roofs it had all melted off by dark tonight.

Temperatures (Official): (Fahrenheit, from TV or Weather Underground)
36 and 30

Precipitation:
1 or 2 inches of snow is my guess (1 to 2 tenths of liquid)

Birds:
cardinal – male, female
junco

Photos:
some of the snow in the yard (Canon)

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