Good morning everyone! I hope your day is going well. They had forecast a major winter storm for us, but it seems that it missed us instead. We have had some snow, but not much, about 1.5 inches (3.75cm) so far, but it is very windy so that part was correct. And we are supposed to get more snow today and tonight, but right now it doesn’t look too bad, it’s barely snowing. Not that I’m complaining that the forecast was wrong, it’s perfectly fine with me. And it could change yet, we will have to wait and see. There is not much bird activity this morning. The chickadees were first and are quite busy eating. Nuthatches showed up next but they did not stay long.
There were 2 evening grosbeaks, but they also did not stay very long. I think there was perhaps 6 blue jays, down a lot from the 22 that normally show up for breakfast. Kind of odd really, usually during stormy weather the birds are very active at the feeders, after all, it is easy to get at the food. November can bring us some bad snowstorms though. One year we had a snowstorm that gave us 17 inches (42.5cm) of snow, exactly one week later we got 5 inches (12.5cm) of snow, exactly one week later we got 18 inches (45cm) of snow. But really, we don’t normally get huge snowfalls up here, more like 4 or 5 inches (10 to 12.5cm) of snow at a time. However that can still add up to a lot of snow over the whole winter.
They have given us a brief summary of our forest fire season this year. We set a new record for number of acres (hectares) burned this year. There were 793,325 hectares (1.96 million acres) burned this year, nearly all of that in the northwest portion of our province, which is this area where I live. The previous record was in 1995 when 713,914 hectares (1.76 million acres) burned. The largest fire was just over 200,000 hectares (495, 211 acres) in size and was the largest fire since 1960. But 1976 still holds the record for number of fires at 2,092, this year we had 1,198 fires. 1976 was our third worst year for number of hectares (acres) that burned. It is a good thing that our bad years are spread far apart.
Just thought I would give an update since I was talking about our fires a lot this past summer. More grosbeaks have shown up and I was just out cleaning the snow off the feeders. It is not really snowing much at all right now. I have just been watching as the evening grosbeaks fly in from the neighbors trees, there are more than 60 of them again. I probably missed a few. Have a beautiful day everyone and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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