Tangled Branches: Cultivated
happenings in and around my zone 6b gardens in northern Virginia and in central Virginia
Wednesday, January 28, 2004
Weather: we got our first glimpse of the sun this morning in 2 days. Sunday night/Monday morning's 4 or so inches of snow was topped by about 36 hours of freezing drizzle/rain/snow giving all the trees a frosted look. Very pretty in the sun.
Birds: birds have been active lately, but goldfinches are taking over. I counted 27 at one time on Sunday morning. They cleaned out the Nuttery peanut feeder (filled with sunflower chips) by Monday afternoon after it had been filled Sunday night. They now seem to prefer the peanut feeder (wire mesh) to the seed feeder (plastic tube). Both have the same food in them.
Monday, January 19, 2004
Weather: sunny, but cold and windy (again); we had a bit of sleet/freezing rain/snow Saturday night and Sunday
Wildlife: Got a good look at a Cooper's Hawk this morning. It perched in a tree near the back of the lot for quite a while. The birds scattered right away, but one little squirrel came out to eat under the bird feeder, apparently unaware. The hawk looked at it, but was not very interested. Then a few mourning doves came back and perched in the trees, and the hawk made a lazy attempt to have dove for breakfast. Must not have been hungry as it didn't appear to be trying very hard. Then it flew off into the woods in back, and the other birds returned here.
Thursday, January 08, 2004
Weather: cold and cloudy today, after a cold and sunny morning - last night's low temperature was even colder than the night before, about 14 degrees F.
Wildlife: noticed that the squirrels are either building new nests or remodeling their old ones. The nest in the holly tree outside the bedroom window has been rebuilt with freshly cut holly twigs and dried oak leaves. I saw a squirrel trying without much success to pull off some dead daylily foliage from the plants in the backyard, so I went out and cut off some leaves and left them on the ground. Of course, then the squirrel didn't come back to it.
Wednesday, January 07, 2004
Weather: c-c-cold this morning - the lowest temperatures of the winter season so far - around 17 degrees F (or -8.333333 Celsius)
Birds: decided to register for eBird yesterday after reading some posts on VA-Bird urging folks to participate