Monday, December 16, 2013

Too many snowstorms to keep them straight

A snowy sunrise at Roundtop Mtn.
December 2013 is proving to be unusually snowy for this area.  Many years I don’t even have snow on the ground for Christmas.  This year I’ve already had several snowstorms, and though none were huge, little ones of 3-5 inches every few days start to add up.  And I can’t tell you which of the last three storms today’s photo came from.  All these little snows are starting to look alike to me.

The latest storm brought both snow and ice.  Fortunately, the ice came after the snow, so I have a crust atop the snow rather than the other way around.  Good neighbor Roundtop plowed out my driveway on Sunday morning, perhaps noticing that I looked a bit glum with the task of shoveling the driveway yet again within three days.

After the storm was over, I tried to let the chickens out, but they weren’t having any part of it.  They wouldn’t set foot on that white carpet just outside their door.  They are still on winter egg break, and I am now down to my last egg.  I was hoping an afternoon of frolicking in winter sunshine might kickstart egg laying again, to no avail.

Bird activity at my feeders is high, and I haven’t see anything at all unusual there. I know not to expect winter finches this year, but even the common larger birds haven’t yet put in an appearance—no blue jays that I’ve seen, and only the occasional cardinals.   I heard the blue jays screaming all around the cabin; they just haven’t partaken of the feeders. The titmice, chickadees, nuthatch, Carolina wren and juncos are wildly active at the feeders all day long, even when it’s not snowing.

I’ve had a few years here at the cabin where winter started early, and snow stayed on the ground throughout. T hose years aren’t many, though.  This winter season might just turn out to be one of them.

8 comments:

Countryside Tales said...

Lovely sky. We've got wet, damp, heavy clouds here :-(

Cathy said...

Lol I got 8 inches of snow! Late Sat night, they bump us into the Winter Storm warning from the morning's advisory. And for tomorrow, I'm getting another 4-5 of snow. Well, if it stick around for Christmas I won't complain.

Sharkbytes said...

We are having snow again. I never expected it to stay. Hasn't happened here lately either.

Scott said...

I did the Audubon Christmas Count here last Saturday (December 14). It was snowing lightly and we didn't have very many birds in terms of numbers or in diversity. Probably the most interesting finds were Winter Wrens (2), a Bald Eagle (flying overhead), a Long-eared Owl, and seven species of sparrows (some of which were very numerous. Plus, we had many, many Eastern Bluebirds - always a welcome find.

I'm tired of the snow already; we got a 1" dusting overnight Monday night into Tuesday morning - on top of the other inches we had gotten in the last three storms, just like you.

Carolyn H said...

Countryside: I think the reason my chickens haven't started laying eggs again is because the gray sky is so unremitting.

Carolyn H said...

Cathy: After all this snow so early in December, it would be a cruel joke if it didn't stay around for Christmas!

Carolyn H said...

Joan: All the scientists tell us climate change will cause weird weather. I guess this is proof.

Carolyn H said...

Scott: I think you had a nice variety for your CBC. I have yet to hear a winter wren this season, and I would jump up and down in joy with seven species of sparrows. Sparrow species were awfully thin here this year for some reason.