We are getting another 8-12 inches of snow this weekend!! Our local weatherman isn’t calling this a blizzard but I think it feels like a blizzard (with whiteout conditions)! Poor bird feeder birds were anxiously waiting for me to fill my feeders this morning (while I slept in)! Chickadee’s were saying to me “Chick-a-dee dee deee . . . those SEEDS NOW BUDDY!!”
You know it’s bad when you find the crows feeding on Staghorn Sumac, while this cameraman is point a camera at them!! For some reason, Sumac appears to be a plant that is only eaten whenever there is nothing else to eat. I would love to hear from any of our plant biologist on why this plant takes so long to be picked over by the birds?? Besides the Crows . . . I will find Robins feeding on the Sumac while migrating back North!
March is the month that both Tundra Swans and Ring-billed Gulls can be found migrating along the Allegheny River. They are heading in a Westerly direction towards the Great Lakes and I would love to learn where “these” birds breeding grounds are. Only difference is that the Ring-billed Gulls are flying individually, as where the Tundra Swans are moving together in one big flock. I was surprised to find this group of Ring-billed Gulls preening their feathers and conserving energy while the snow storm passes over. Typically they stick fairly close to the river but I think this time they got a little lost from the whiteout conditions and ended up here in Allegany. I am more than sure they will be back on track again first thing in the morning to continue their movement to where ever they are heading.
This weather is rough for me but I then I start to think about what these critters need to do to make it through the snow storms. Makes me appreciate the house that I live in and being able to store my food in a fridge.
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