Friday, January 28, 2011

January Snows

Okay, well, by all accounts this January has been the snowiest month in Connecticut since record-keeping began, in 1905.

snow in the doorway to the courtyard

The National Weather Service says that after last week's storm (January 26th to 27th), the monthly snowfall reached 54.9 inches - recorded at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks. The previous record for one month was 45.3 inches, in December 1945.

Deep snow is really hard on wildlife, making foraging on the ground all but impossible. Every morning we find one of our new feeder birds waiting for us to come out and fill the feeders - but not because he uses them directly.

Tom Turkey, Meleagris gallopavo, grateful for spilled sunflower seeds.

Chickadees, sparrows and woodpeckers are more typical to our feeder list, but this year we've added this turkey and several species of raptor. There's no question the hawks are attracted to the small-bird activity.

short video clip of our turkey in the courtyard

Bird list for the last week of January, 2011

Wild Turkey
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove

Downy Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
American Goldfinch

House Finch
White-throated Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal

European Starling
House Sparrow

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