Good morning to all of you on this beautiful, sunny Tuesday! It does look so nice out there this morning, though there is a few clouds around today. The numbers of our birds keep going up and down. Yesterday there were not many birds around at all. This morning there are birds everywhere out there. The trees are full, the feeders are full, the ground is simply crawling with little redpolls.
Impossible to count them all really, but there are likely around 150 to 200 redpolls again as another flock move in on their way north. This flock just might stay however, at least for a few days. Why? There is a major winter snowstorm going to hit us beginning tonight or early tomorrow morning and lasting until Friday morning. It will likely be declared a blizzard this time. For those who do not know what a blizzard is exactly, it is a mix of lots of snow, very strong wind and cold temperatures.
As of now they are forecasting snowfall amounts of 12 to 20 inches (30 to 50cm), with some areas getting up to 30 inches (75cm) of snow. This could actually be a record snowstorm for us in April. The long duration of the storm and cold temps will kill off any birds that have returned from the south, except the larger birds like the gulls which can go for days without eating. Small birds, like the juncos, need to eat every day. The ones that can find feeders will be okay, like the ones around here.
I stocked up on bird seed yesterday, just in case. Hopefully our electricity does not go off, something that often happens in storms like this. But it is still rather cold yet and with no electricity I have no heat. So I am hoping that does not happen. Even worse, I would have no internet. Now that would really be bad. Hmm, there are a lot of evening grosbeaks here this morning also. The gulls were here earlier to get their breakfast and Theodora was also around earlier looking for food.
Nice to see that she is still roaming around. It is so nice this morning, a typical early spring morning, although it is not exactly early spring anymore. I see there are some purple finches out there too, that is nice to see, although I do not see any males, might be some though. Well, I need to go out and pick up my medication before this storm hits us. Thank you for stopping by this morning, have a great day everyone and God bless! (top featured image is a downy woodpecker)
Steve and Muffin. (Praying for the people of Ukraine)
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