Good morning and Happy Friday! Well, here we are, officially at the end of our snowstorm, and although not quite so bad as was forecast, we still received another 13 inches (33cm) of new snow. And we still had 12 to 16 inches (30 to 40cm) of snow left over from winter. I am showing some pics from yesterday. I really did not want to show more winter pics, however, it is a little hard not to do so when there is nothing but snow out there.
Oh well, hopefully it will melt fast, although the next few days are going to remain cool. It would be nice to have all this snow gone by the end of April, but that would mean very warm days so it melts fast. My own measuring added up to 108 inches of snow this winter, but I messed up a little somewhere as the official total is 113.3 inches (287.8cm) of snow for this winter.
I am not sure if that includes this latest snowfall. That is about 9 and a half feet of snow. That is a lot. Well above our normal winter snowfall. We are supposed to get another 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10cm) of snow Sunday night. Winter does not want to go away this year. If it doesn’t warm up fast we will have snow on the ground well into May.
There are a lot of birds around now. I tried counting them yesterday, that was not easy. There is around 200 redpolls, 40 to 50 evening grosbeaks, about 2 dozen chickadees, 8 red-breasted nuthatches, 2 white-breasted nuthatches, 2 blue jays, 3 hairy woodpeckers, 2 downy woodpeckers, 1 grackle, 2 crows, 2 herring gulls (4 of my gulls disappeared), 40 to 50 juncos (up from 6 at the start of the storm).
This morning I looked out the window just before starting my post and there were 7 American robins in the trees outside my window. Poor birds. I cannot feed them, they do not like seeds and I do not have any berries for them. They are some of our summer birds that obviously came up before the storm. It will have to warm up very fast for them or they will not survive.
Oh, I also have one sharp-shinned hawk coming each day too. I do not really want that one, it is a bird hawk and will eat one or two small birds each day. He visited 3 times yesterday. The second time he missed, not sure about the other two times. It was 14F (-10C) this morning, too cold for this time of the year. Hmm, it is snowing again. Time for more coffee, would you like a cup? Have a fabulous Friday everyone and God bless!
Steve and Muffin. (Praying for the people of Ukraine)
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