Tuesday, 4 March 2008

What on Earth ...

... is THAT doing here NOW?



P.S.: first snow this "winter"

11 comments:

Wren said...

Enjoy, as you've enjoyed its absence this season.

mon@rch said...

Isn't it important to share our snow with others?

Jochen said...

Wren and Mon@rch, I don't mind the snow and thanks for sharing, just the TIMING is odd with so many spring migrants already on the move back North...

Birdfreak said...

well, it looks pretty, even if it is a bit late!

Bring on spring!

Wren said...

Tag, you're it in the six-word memoir meme. Read about it, then post the story of your life in six words. Can't wait to read your story!

Aunt "B's" Backyard said...

Looks like a common shot in my area, but apparently not in yours. I've just started going through your postings and it's just incredible to see all of the birds you have, I LOVE IT!

Parus said...

haha, so you finally have snow.... Here in WI, we're still buried in a foot of the white stuff and more was coming down yesterday! lol you can have our snow. We're tired of it...and the cold! :D

Happy Birding!

birdgirl said...

By the time spring came here, I was sick of snow.
But, hey. Bad weather means good birding, isn't that what they say?

Jochen said...

Birdfreak: it was an impressive snow storm for sure. Due to the Atlantic, our weather mostly "comes from the SW" (that's how we say it in German, does it translate? Well, I mean that's the main wind direction) and the office window offers a view to the NE, so I can't see what's approaching until it is right above me. It only lasted for one day though.

Wren: thanks, that's an interesting one and I'll have to do quite some thinking about it. I meant to write that I'm all about:
Wife, Son, Bird, Bird, Bird, Bird
but that was too shallow. I'll come up with something (which, in honesty, might not be any deeper than what I just wrote, but hope dies last as we say in German). Thanks for tagging me.

Aunt "b's" Backyard: Thank you very much!
Normally we have winters comparable to the southern Great Lakes but this year was extreme. You can't even say it was a mild winter, it was simply not a winter at all, despite one short day of snow and a total of maybe 10 days below freezing. I was quite fortunate to spend one year in Michigan, so I can toss in some birds from there and a few from over here, the German Baltic Coast. It's still mostly North American though as the birth of my son/sun shortly after our return to Germany didn't leave much room for birding - which of course is much more than fine - until he's old enough to point out migrating birds from his stroller/pram, then it'll be birds all over this blog again.

Parus: It was just a centimetre and stayed for one day, meaning it snowed in the afternoon and everything was gone the next day around noon. Sigh.
Value your winters as long as you have them! Happy (winter) birding to you as well, that Ivory Gull post of yours was pretty awesome!

Birdgirl: Apparently you were lucky and had a lot of snow. Believe me, if you experience a winter that never happens and is nothing but an endless series of grey and rainy days, one of the major bummers is that you can't really look forward to spring as there is no real distinction! Bad weather does mean good birding as long as you can keep your optics dry. Unfortunately, bad weather currently means I am not quite as frustrated to be tied to my office chair as I am during the rare days of nice weather.
I have always found that the best birding days were those with nice and sunny weather and a sudden violent thunderstorm around noon: you see the storm approaching, seek shelter somewhere, wait until it's over and then are right where the migratory birds are after they were forced to interrupt their migration due to the weather. Happy spring birding trails!

Sandpiper said...

I'm tired of snow, and I'm looking forward to spring, but this really is a nice picture!! :) You have a terrific blog here.

Larry said...

That is a really pretty picture-we have had much snow at all in Connecticut which is a bit unusual.