Observations for January 2018

As we turned the corner on the number of daylight hours and moved into a new year, the high altitude circumpolar winds developed an unusually big kink in them, a kink that swept in really cold weather, leading to the third coldest New Year”s Day on record. Then came the “cyclone bonb” that brought snow and wind.

While we humans curtailed our activities a bit and kept warm until it passed, the cold and snow were a lot harder on our wild neighbors. The longtime resident family of crows disappeared and for several days and I wonder if the cold will be too much for them. I hope, as the weather clears, they’ll return as feisty as ever.

When the weather’s really awful, do they get together with others of their kind someplace where food was easier to find than it is out here in the woods or do they just hunker down and persist? Where do they go? What do they do?

Take a few minutes every day to have a look at winter’s changing face. There’s always something new and interesting to see or hear. Then share it with the 160+ subscribers to the Kent CAC Nature Almanac! It’s easy — click here then scroll to the end of the page and fill in the form. (Your first observation might take a little while to show up since we need to manually process it to help keep “spam” to a minimum.) We’ll pick your observation up and assemble it with others for publication at the end of the month. Or, if you’d prefer, you can send your observations to almanac@kentcac.info. Either way works!

Beth Herr and Dave Ehnebuske