Monday, March 31, 2008

In Like a Lamb, Out Like a Lion
Either in steady sheets or sporadic bursts, snow has been falling across the Twin Cities and Northern Burbs since early morning. Though the temps, holding in the forties, haven't left us with much in the way of accumulation (nothing on the roads, less than an inch what used to be green spots on the lawn), the total precip would likely be in the two-three inch range, and we're supposed to get up to ten by nightfall.

Saw a Dark-eyed Junco when I took the dog for a walk this morning. Thought they may have already moved North.

Total Estimated Snowfall Accumulation for March: 5.75"

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Sunrise Trail, Wyoming

Linwood Community Park

Heard the "rusty wheel" call of the year's first Red-winged Blackbird this morning in the backyard.

Stopped with our new dog (5 year old retriever/collie from a humane society in the cities) along the Sunrise trail in Wyoming and at Linwood Forest. The snow's definitely receding and the water opening up. Temps are hovering in the fifties and the robins are out. If it weren't for the two to five inches of snow we're supposed to get between tonight and tommorow, I might be convinced that Spring were here!!

Wildlife Spotted since our last check-in:

  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Blue Jay
  • Crow, Common
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Goldfinch
  • Grey Squirrel
  • Mourning Dove
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Nuthatch
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Purple Finch
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Robin, American
  • Sandhill Crane
  • Virginia Opossum

Thursday, March 27, 2008

first columbine of the year

Spotted the first Mourning Doves today eating from the ground feeder, and spotted the first Columbine shoots pressing their way through the mulch.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Even as 2" of snow fell on the lawn an garden, I could hear the distinct cry of the Sandhill Crane from over the swamps.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Just as the buds are bursting on the trees we get 2" of fresh snow; the thick, damp sort that clots in tree boughs as it falls to the ground. Don't think it will stick around long, as the temps are peaking in the 40's. Spotted an extremely vocal Red-shouldered Hawk in the woods that run along the rail road tracks by County Rd C in Roseville.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Lows in the mid-20's and highs in the 40's. Saw the first Canadian Geese of the year walking in a small stretch of green along County Rd C in Roseville.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

3/4" of snow this AM with sporadic flurries and temps hovering in the single digits. Flocks of Purple Finch moving from tree to tree through the neighborhood, descending on thistle and seed feeders in the dozens.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Cold and overcast again. Temps hovering around 18 F presently. Supposed to be peaking in the upper twenties today, which wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for the wing making it feel like the single digits.

Monday, March 03, 2008

Warm, damp weekend, with highs peaking around 39 on Sunday, a misty drizzle turning into a dusting of snow overnight. Heard a Pileated's laugh among the Maples and Oaks Sunday afternoon as I changed out the suet feeder.