Sunday, January 27, 2019

If Robins Can Take It Then So Can I?

We had a couple of days when the temperature reached 10 below zero with the wind  chill factor. Along with it we had an ice storm which dropped a lot of branches and knocked out power.
Some people think that robins disappear to return in the spring. Actually, they are around all winter eating mostly berries. They are pretty tough to endure this kind of weather but I wonder if this one is looking forward to warmer days?
If the robins can take it then I guess I owe it to them to go out and find them even if it is belowww zzzzero!

Skunkheads At The Shore

 I'mve managed to get out for short trips on the weekend. This is at Saybrook point.
Some call these Surf Scoters "Skunkheads". It was pretty windy so getting distant photos was tricky.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Everywhere Is A Birding Hotspot In January

 For those of us who keep a list of birds, January is an excellent month. As you start your fresh list each January 1st, every place you go becomes a birding hotspot.
Each bird you see becomes the first of the year. That means even your local park is filled with brand new species for your year list. 

Some may wonder "why bother keeping a list of birds?". If you think about it all we need to survive is food and shelter. Everything else is just about using our senses and sense of purpose to entertain or fulfill ourselves in some way.
So in January every bird counts whether it be an eagle, a mockingbird, or even the unpopular European Starling.