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Common Redpolls at our feeders Winter-Spring 2008

The Winter of 2007-2008 was a big invasion year in Ohio for the sub-arctic finch the Common Redpoll. Normally, a trip to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in January or February is required to see the Common Redpoll. Some years, like Winter 2006-2007, the Common Redpoll does not make it as far south as the U.P. If food is plentiful, the Common Redpoll will remain north of the border.


Ohio Solar Tour

(my Oct 6, 2006 post that excerpted from the Lucas County Metroparks website)

Saturday, October 7 [2006]

Secor Metropark, National Center for Nature Photography Parking Lot, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The 2006 Ohio Solar Tour showcases homes, businesses and buildings using renewable power.

The new 6.38kW Solar PV panels on the roof of the National Center for Nature Photography is one of the featured sites in the NW Ohio guided bus tour.


At-home sparrow invasion - Apr 29, 2003

On Tuesday evening, we had a sparrow invasion in our backyard. I'm still putting down millet about every day. At 7:30 P.M. Tuesday, I looked out at the backyard, and I noticed a bunch of sparrows. I got the binos out, and I twice counted 17 White-throated Sparrows, and 3 Chipping Sparrows. They were all on the ground eating the millet. Earlier in the afternoon, a Northern Flicker was on the ground.


Cooper's Hawk Hunting Strategy - February 2004

(my Feb 21, 2004 blog post - fascinating bird activity in a small urban yard)

On Monday of this week, the snow depth in the front yard was still 2-3 inches. We've had snowcover since Jan 4. By Thu the temps were around 50. On Fri, it was 40-50 and it rained, wiping out the remaining snow. It got windy and colder overnight, and about a half an inch of snow fell early this morning.

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Snow and birds - February 2003

(my Feb 23, 2003 blog post)

The five inches of snow we received last Monday disappeared by the end of the week due to warm temperatures in the 40's and rain on Friday night and Saturday. The rain on Saturday changed to snow around 4:00 P.M. The snow ended by 2:00 A.M., but not after accumulating around seven inches.


Backyard Birding: Red-breasted Nuthatch Update - March 2002

(my Mar 14, 2002 blog post)

I have not seen the pair of RBNs since Monday (3/11/2) of this week. This morning and yesterday I went to work much earlier than normal, therefore I had limited viewing time. The pair of RBNs first appeared at the feeders late in October or early in November, and they have been consistent and regular visitors ever since. They eat the suet, black-oil sunflower seeds, and the peanuts.

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Backyard birding 17-Feb-2003

(my Tuesday, February 18, 2003 blog post)

While outside yesterday shoveling snow and/or feeding the birds during some heavy snowfall, I heard a couple Northern Cardinals singing and an American Robin was making noises in the back of the yard.

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At home birding - February 2003

(my Thursday, February 13, 2003 blog post)

On Tuesday evening of this week at 6:00 P.M., I looked outside, and there were 10 N. Cardinals. They were evenly split between males and females. The next morning at 7:30, there were 8-10 Cardinals and 10-12 Juncos in the driveway where I throw down mixed seed. On Monday, there were around 15 Juncos in the yard. The N. Flickers are still actively feeding.

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Moving from 2002 to 2003

(my Friday, January 3, 2003 blog post)

On New Year's Eve, the three of us ate dinner at our favorite Mexican eatery: El Reparo. Then we went home, got into our "jammies", and vegged. My wife and step-daughter played the new version of Uno and worked on a difficult puzzle. I read and watched a concert on PBS. The New York Philharmonic was performing Gershwin. It was excellent. We surfed on the TV for a while, eventually settling on Dick Clark's corny eve show. It was a nice, low-key eveing.

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