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Sunday, November 30, 2003

Weather: wild weather on Friday - the day started out with light rain; then got warm, muggy and overcast; then poured down rain about 5 pm; then sideways rain about 6-7 pm; then cold and windy and light rain; and supposedly finished as snow in the mountains, but we didn't see any snow here. Yesterday was sunny, cold and windy. Today is starting out overcast.

Birds: on Friday, saw a large flock of robins in the back yard - they have been coming around periodically (couple times a week) for a while now. Didn't notice too much activity at the feeders yesterday, but there was a male red-bellied woodpecker. I usually only see the female.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2003

Too early for Christmas decorations? Well, the shopping centers have had theirs on display for weeks now, so I think it should be OK if I put out some of the new things that UPS delivered today. These are so cute, and so detailed, especially the bratwurst stand.

Birds: Haven't noticed many birds lately - the weather was very warm over the weekend and they don't come around the feeders much when it's nice out. But over the last couple of weeks, I have seen a few "good" birds in the backyard, including: 2 white-throated sparrows, 1 song sparrow, 1 yellow-rumped warbler, 1 northern flicker, 2 or 3 white-breasted nuthatches. Have to check my notes to see if I have forgotten anybody.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2003

Weather: cool and cloudy most of the day - a few light rain showers this morning. We are expecting rain tomorrow.

Chores: Cleaned up the leaves for the second time this season. First time was last week. Brought some pots and the garden hose into the garage for the winter.

Birds: Just now had a large variety of birds in the backyard. At the feeder: the usual suspects - chickadee, tufted titmouse, goldfinch, cardinals (male & female), downy (or hairy) woodpecker (male, but this one seemed bigger, so maybe hairy?); also a couple of white-breasted nuthatches (have not seen any of these in a while). On the ground: juncos and mourning doves. In the trees: golden-crowned kinglet (male) and a thrush (hermit? different from the one I saw yesterday I think).

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Monday, November 10, 2003

Weather: very cold last night - around 21 for the low - this is the coldest so far this season.

Birds: saw a thrush (I think) that I didn't recognize this afternoon. I don't think it was my usual wintertime hermit thrush - it didn't have much in the way of spots and the tail didn't look reddish enough to me. Hope I can get a better look at it tomorrow.

Wildlife: saw a fox in the backyard of the townhouse area this afternoon around 4 pm, when I went for a short walk. It looked at me for a while and then ran off into the cedar trees.

Plants: suprisingly, the plants on the front steps survived the cold weather overnight with no help from me and don't really look any worse for it. I am learning that the 2 cupheas I bought this summer are not especially tender, so I just covered them up outside last night. They look a little unhappy, but not frozen and dead. They might be good candidates for overwintering in the garage.

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Saturday, November 01, 2003

Birds: Winter birds are here! Around 9 this morning there was a flock of juncos with at least one sparrow (don't know what kind) and at least one winter wren. They didn't stay long, but this is the first time I have seen juncos at home this season. We are expecting sunny 70+ degree weather today, so not very winter-like.

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