Nature Happenings

  • Project FeederWatch continues, www.birds.cornell.edu/pfw
  • Rather than search for worms in the frozen soil, large winter flocks of robins will visit fruit trees for food.
  • Cedar Waxwings will visit yards in search of fruit, often staying for hours before moving on.
  • Juncos will hunt for fallen seed, often before dawn.
  • Tree-loving birds such as Black-capped Chickadees, nuthatches and various woodpeckers will leave their winter night's cavity or roost box in search of high-calorie food.
  • Bushtits, our smallest winter visitors, can be seen in large flocks flitting all over suet feeders and other high-protein sources of food.
  • Listen for Great Horned Owls' "hoot" as they pair up for mating season.
  • Now through late March is a difficult time for birds; providing food and an open source of water is important.
  • Winter is a great time to look for birds' nests. Admire the craftsmanship, but leave the nest in place.
  • Aldo Leopold's (Father of Wildlife Conservation) birthday Jan. 11
  • Quadrantid Meteor Shower early in the month. See up to 60 falling meteors per hour!
  • New Moon - January 6
  • Full Moon - January 21