Colder than an ex-wife’s current husband out there today. Although warmer than yesterday.
Which brings up the bit about birds. I’m not a counter – one of those hearty souls that volunteer to do such things as the following:
No bird species uncommon for this area showed up for the Dec. 14, 2014, Christmas bird count around Winfield.
Max Thompson, professor emeritus of biology at Southwestern College and author of several books on birds, said observers saw 96 species of birds within the count area. Just over 24,000 individual birds were counted, according to a copy of the bird count report.
Species with the highest numbers counted included European starlings, with 5,561; mallards, with 3,413; and red-winged blackbirds, with 2,221.
Species counted only once included an eastern screech owl, a sharp-shinned hawk and an orange-crowned warbler.
Counters also observed 12 bald eagles; 11 were adults and one was immature. Thompson said this is a typical number of bald eagles counted.
I do, however, have a passing interest in the critters and look foreward each year to the results. I gave up on the annual frog count when they reported three years in a row that the frogs were disappearing. You know how that goes, if the frog’s go the insects don’t and I’m not too sure climate change and pesticides were totally responsible.
I mean, there’s more people about now and they need to be educated and educating people seems to mean cutting up frogs; and well, someone has to catch and kill the frogs the schools make mess with.
From the reaches,