Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Holiday Season Flashbacks

The morning began with a flock of more than a dozen Wild Turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) moving through the parking area at the Audubon Center at the Francis Beidler Forest. The unpaved parking area consists of the driveway and parking slots nestled between the trees. With no visitors to the swamp on the brisk morning, the parking area devoid of vehicles does not look much different than the open forest the birds naturally perfer. Holiday season flashback #1: Thanksgiving.

As the morning progressed, the sky grew grey and the breeze blew stronger. Peering out the window we saw...could it be? Yes! Snow! A flurry of large, slowly-falling snowflakes sent us to the weather radar webpage to see if schools would be closing and if workers would be sent home with instructions to stop by the grocery store for canned goods. Alas, the radar showed but a thin band of icy precipitation. Holiday season flashback #2: A white Christmas (Dec 1989).

Now, as lunchtime approaches, the sky has cleared and the sun is shining intensely! Holiday season flashback #3: Summer vacation! Ah, this just is still in the 30Fs outside. However, the days are getting longer, the flocks of robins appear more frequently, and the return of songbirds to Beidler Forest is but a month away!

Image by Mark Musselman

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