The Bombogenesis storm of last week may have packed the headlines but this week’s weather system was a few degrees colder. The pond refroze the night the storm blew in, after having thawed for a couple of days. It didn’t take much to get a layer of ice on the surface and the storm arrived with snow. The next day hovered at 32 degrees and a little bit of snow remained in areas shaded from sunlight. Continue reading A Bitter Cold Mid January
This little bird, a yellow rumped warbler, made these cedar tree berries seem like a pretty big meal. I was a little surprised that it was able to swallow the berries. It did seem to take it’s time, especially compared to the waxwing birds that were also feeding. Continue reading Yellow Rumped Warbler
Right around Thanksgiving, a large group of migrating cedar waxwings, and a few other birds, decided the berries on this tree were ripe and ready. There were plenty of berries to go around but not enough space for all the birds at once. They would take turns visiting the cedar tree for a meal, while the bulk of the flock waited in a nearby oak tree.
These birds are very considerate to each other and have been known to form chains and pass berries along. When the flock is larger than the tree, cooperation is the key!
After 2 1/2 days of cold rain and dark skies, a dry line passed over Austin friday afternoon. Saturday morning snapped open like a crisp, sunny Texas winter day. With blue skies and temps quickly climbing through the 50’s. The weekend was off to a great start and people were getting out, after being rained in for a few days. Continue reading Winter Rain and Bull Creek
A stop by the Grand Canyon during a late December road trip to the west coast. Part of the southern rim road, on the Arizona side, was closed for vehicles. Winter isn’t exactly the best time to visit, especially because most access to it is snowed in, but the crowds is much smaller! Continue reading A Wintery View of the Grand Canyon