Six in my backyard.
That means snow this week. Could be a lot. Could be nothing but flurries.
We're going to get another nor'easter. I hope it's not snowy.
AND there was a meteorite tonight. Pretty blue and green across my backyard. It disappeared over a field. But if I were a medieval person, I would think it is a bad omen.
Are you DL's bird watcher or are there more than one of you?
Hon, you need to get out more.
There's more than one, R2. Most of us are used to seeing Juncos.
[Quote]That means snow this week. Could be a lot. Could be nothing but flurries.
Coul you be a bit more wishy-washy?
I saw the meteorite too at about 5:30. Snow in NY and Nj will be horrible.
I don't think we have this bird in the Gulf South.
Are juncos just souped up house sparrows?
Are they migratory?
Meteor, OP. It's only a meteorite once it lands. You're welcome.
Last year I saw 2 juncos the entire winter. There was an early snow and then no more snow for the winter.
I'll keep watching. The more juncos, the more snow.
Juncos are northern birds. They live in high mountain elevations and in Canada. I'm in lower NY and this is their "south." Birds like orioles migrate to Mexico, Central and South America. That's their south. Birds from the Arctic migrate to the northern US.
They are sparrows and their nickname is "snowbirds."
They all have white bellies. They all have a few white feathers on each side of their tail, so when the hop around or fly, you see little white flicks in the tail. Their heads, backs and most of their tails can be do dark gray that they look almost black, or they can be a light buffy tan. Or they can be gray and tan together.
Aha! Meteor showers. The Taurid and the Leonid meteor showers
"Starting Monday and continuing for the next two weeks, two prominent meteor showers will be lighting up the night sky with flashes of fireballs and shooting stars.
The first, the Taurid meteors - sometimes called the "Halloween Fireballs" - appear every fall between mid-October and early December. Astronomers say that because of the peak of activity and the brightness of the moon, the seven days between Monday and Nov. 12 should make for the best viewing this year.
The second, the Leonid meteors, are expected to be best viewed around Nov. 17, although they will be active all month.
If conditions are right, the Taurids should produce about five visible shooting stars per hour, and the Leonids 15 or more, although the Taurids can be slower-moving and brighter."
In Philadelphia, we usually get the first Juncos on Nov. 6. I haven't seen them yet this year, though today we had white-throated sparrows.
Last year we had Juncos on Nov. 3 or 4 and I predicted an early winter, which turned out not to be true, tho' perhaps in the arctic is was colder earlier....
I'm expecting them tomorrow or the next day.