Monday, February 14, 2011

Blue Sky???

Wow - there's a perfect color.
Seems like it's been three months since we've had a pleasant sunny day. Blue sky, okay, yes we've had that, but it was over 40 degrees today!

I actually took my binoculars out for a spin around campus after lunch today. My fifteen-minute walk yielded two gulls, forty-one geese and two crows. But hey, it wasn't about the birds anyway. It was about the sunshine!
Activity at the feeders in the courtyard remains steady, with the occasional cardinal, regular woodpeckers, a gaggle of chickadees, handful of sparrows and our turkey.

fat flower buds on a maple this afternoon

The official West Campus bird list for last week, February 4 - 11:

Wild Turkey
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Red-tailed Hawk
Mourning Dove

Rock Pigeon
Downy Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
American Robin
Black-capped Chickadee

American Crow
Northern Cardinal
White-throated Sparrow
House Finch
American Goldfinch

typical Connecticut scene this afternoon

Very encouraging today to see rivulets running away from every pile of dirty snow. Daytime temps are above freezing - means the sap is running in the maples - do I smell pancakes on the griddle? I make my own maple syrup every year, and the advantage to this, besides the obvious, is the feeling of actually looking forward to this wet, gray season. If not for the anticipation of maple syrup, this icy- crusty- old-snow time of year would be pure torture!
There, I've said enough.

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