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Sunday, February 7, 2016

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A sharp-shinned hawk makes a morning meal of bluejay

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:40AM it’s currently 31 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 76%, dewpoint 24, barometric pressure 30.13” and rising slowly. Yesterday’s high was 36, and the overnight low was 31.

Forecast:

A weak ridge of high pressure currently cresting over the region this morning will give way to a low pressure system that will pass well to our north. This will produced some isolated to scattered showers across northern New York and Vermont. To begin the work week expect a pattern that will see off and on light snow through the middle week.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies today with a 20% chance of snow showers in the morning. Highs will be in the mid 30s with west winds around 10 mph in the morning, becoming light and variable. Tonight should be partly cloudy with lows around 19 and light and variable winds.

Monday should be mostly cloudy with highs around 30 and light and variable winds. Monday night should be cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers as the aforementioned low approaches from the Great Lakes. Lows will be around 20.

Tuesday should be cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Highs will be around 30. Tuesday night should be cloudy with a 40% chance of snow showers. Lows will be in the lower 20s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 20 and a low of 9. We picked up 3.25″ of new snow and had 21.50″ at that stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 29 and lows of 11.
The record high was 49°F in 2005 (we had a high of 45).
The record low was -27°F in 1993.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:03 AM EST
Sunset: 5:09 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 11h 06m
Length of Day: 10h 05m
Tomorrow will be 2m42s longer.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 28d 11h old with 2% illumination.
Moonrise: 6:06 AM EST
Moonset: 4:24 PM EST

About Today’s Photo:

I posted this photo on my photography blog yesterday. My breakfast yesterday morning was disturbed by the sound of bluejays screaming outside the windows by the feeders. Looking out, I saw them scatter as a fast moving shape slammed one of them to the ground. A sharp-shinned hawk had found its breakfast!

The hawk flew the still struggling jay over to underneath the apple trees near the brook to finish its prey off. I was able to get a few shots from the living room window before it flew off into the woods to finish its meal.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 100-300mm lens @ 300mm, ISO 3200, f/5.6, 1/250″ exposure.

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4 responses

  1. Marcia Liotard

    On Sunday morning while my husband was making breakfast, I was reading aloud to him from The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s “All About Birds” quarterly report, an article titled “Look Out! The universal language of alarm calls.” (For the Northeast it is primarily titmice, chickadees, blue jays and chipmunks-although this time of the year I find the red squirrels have replaced the chippies that are hibernating.) We then went on to talk about the time we lived in NJ, when a sharp-shinned hawk often came around but rarely seemed to catch anything as the warnings had gone out and there was dead silence until “Sharpie” flew away. A little later my husband was on our pc and started to laugh. He called to me, “Wait until you see today’s East Street!” ;~D

    February 8, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    • Hah—that’s pretty funny Marcia! I saw the remains of mourning dove last year in the snowbank (remember those?) near the house. My guess is that a sharp-shinned might have dined, but I’d also seen a goshawk in the neighborhood as well.
      Cheers, John

      February 8, 2016 at 12:12 pm

  2. Marcia Liotard

    We’ve had 4 or 5 mourning doves hanging around this winter under our hanging feeders. I’ve seen them before but not usually this time of the year. Our Jay Gang numbers 12-13. What a noisy bunch. They love the whole peanuts that I toss out on occasion and will go to great lengths to get to them.
    Have a good day!

    February 9, 2016 at 10:48 am

    • Hi Marcia,

      We see mourning doves all the time here. Last winter we had as many as 10 or 12 hanging out regularly (along with most the of bluejays in Chittenden County…) We’ve got 3 pairs this season so far and fewer jays than last year.

      February 9, 2016 at 12:59 pm

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