Thursday, February 11, 2010

Snow Storm!

As many know, the last week or so here in Pennsylvania has been extremely snowy. Last weekend, Philadelphia was hit with close to 30 inches of snow. In Kunkletown, we only got about 4 inches. The past few days, however, have been quite different. Here in Kunkletown, we got 17 inches of snow between Tuesday evening and late Wednesday night. Due to the storm last weekend plus the new storm, some areas of the yard have over 20 inches of snow, making walking difficult.

Today, the sun finally came out. There was no school today due to the poor road conditions, so I was able to spend some time outside this morning. A walk into the woods with the dog proved a bit challenging, for both me and the dog. The woods were filled with woodpeckers: Downy, Hairy, sapsuckers, as well as many juncos and chickadees.

During and after the storm, the feeders have been busier than usual. Lots of juncos, cardinals, and White-throated and Songs Sparrows have been feeding under the feeders, while chickadees, nuthatches, titmice, and finches have been emptying out the sunflower seeds. Tomorrow marks the start of two bird counts, the Great Backyard Bird Count and the Lehigh Gap Feeder Watch.

Good birding for anyone participating in either of the bird counts and happy shoveling to those covered by the snow!

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