BIRDS AND AN EARLY SNOW – Marilyn Armstrong

It was very cold and it was not supposed to snow, at least not here. It snowed all over the northern part of New England and Canada. In Chicago and Minnesota. Then, it snowed — just a little bit — here. Although I am a firm believer in climate change, New England has always had an erratic weather pattern.

We have winters so snowy we have nowhere to push it. Warm winters with no snow. Winters when it’s just like fall until spring … and that’s when the blizzards hit.

The biggest blizzard to ever hit New York was in 1888 on my birthday, March 11th. In fact, I was born the day after a blizzard so maybe it was my fate to wind up living where the snow can be relentless and the snow is so high that driving is like being in a tunnel.

A pair of hungry birds

So even though today’s storm was not even an inch deep, it was the warning. It’s going to be a long, cold winter. Snow in November isn’t common, but it isn’t rare, either. It almost always means a hard winter is on the way.

After the squirrels got through eating half the food we put out yesterday (and we have none left until the next delivery), the birds attacked the feeders with energy and fervor. I sure hope they deliver the food tomorrow.

Our squirrels need a diet and you can see the snow falling.

8 thoughts on “BIRDS AND AN EARLY SNOW – Marilyn Armstrong

  1. There was a report that we would have our first layer of snow in the lowlands this morning, but the sun is shining, although quite cold. The birds were already waiting in the trees for me to fill up food supplies.

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    • I did warn you that the birds would find you. Birds you never knew lived near enough to come and eat at your banquet table. I swear that one bird sees you fill the feeder, does the COME ONE, COME ALL tweet and every bird in the wood flies to our place. We ran out of food for a couple of hours. The birds looked so MISERABLE.

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