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Re: check in time

We still have snow on the ground 16 F this am on my way to work. Sunny part of the day, so the roads got slushy. Frozen again when I came home just now, 16F again, roads just a bit slick, but home with no problem. Took it slow. I saw our winter friend the woodpecker opening walnuts in the back yard last week. Snow is deeper, but (s)he will be back if nothing else is available. I see 2 or 3 every winter. Sometimes when the snow is deep, they dive in & fan their wings like they're taking a dust bath & uncover the nuts so they can break them open. The little chickadees wait until they're done, then pick up any crumbs. ----- Original Message ----- From: "Catharine Carpenter" <cathycrc@comcast.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, December 20, 2008 3:27 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] check in time

It always amuses me that, for juncos, my area defines "flying south for the winter". Took part in our area's Audubon society Christmas bird count today. We logged about 30 species. We saw a flock of nine bluebirds and logged 4 different raptors. More American tree sparrows than I could have imagined. My only disappointment was no turkeys!
Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Dec 20, 2008, at 1:20 PM, Aplfgcnys@aol.com wrote:

About six inches of snow here overnight, and the temperature
is around 20 degrees and falling.  They finally came to plow the
road and our drive around noon.  This is a new plow guy.  The
one who used to come did a really bad job - pushed piles of
snow up against the garage doors so we couldn't get the cars
out, etc.  This one did a much better job, but I hope he is more
prompt in the future.  We are not on a town road so  the
neighborhood has to contract with a private plower. Those down
near the main road don't want to pay for the whole road, so the
four houses up at our end have to bear the most of it.

Interestingly, yesterday juncos showed up ahead of the storm.
I'd been watching for them for a couple of weeks, but hadn't
seen any.  Yesterday there was a flock - must have been more
than a dozen - in the backyard.  I guess that's why they're
sometimes called "snow birds."

In a message dated 12/19/2008 1:00:05 PM Eastern Standard Time,
cathycrc@comcast.net writes:

On Dec 19, 2008, at 7:08 AM, Donna wrote:

weather here is the pits, but I am sure it is for most of the
country within
the 48hr period.  How is everyone doing?

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