There will be a number of partners in this project including state parks, nature centers, college students, and schools. Most importantly, we hope to involve individuals—members of the public—who can participate from their backyards or by participating in upcoming events at the parks and nature centers. More details to follow in upcoming posts.
We were planning on rolling this project out in March, but nature has a way of surprising us. After two unseasonably warm days in the region, some signs of spring have unexpectedly caught us off guard, so I realized that I had better get things rolling!
Several people have already been hearing the territorial songs of the Tufted titmouse. I heard my first on February 1st this year in
|Snow drops (photo credit: Dave Husic)|
|Spicebush flowers (Photo credit: Corey Husic)|
After an unusually cold winter, the last two days the temperature soared into the 60’s and rapidly melted the snow. The ice began to retreat on our pond. Today, we saw the first turkey vultures venture over the Kittatinny Ridge (
Perhaps the biggest surprise occurred at dusk – the first woodcocks were calling ("peent"). Although it was too dark to see the birds, you could hear the timberdoodle sound of their wings as they flew around our field. They were in the exact location where my son just an hour earlier had said they may show up—soggy areas of our field where worms may emerge. I had a report that a woodcock was heard in Lehighton yesterday as well. According to the Birds of the
Dan Kunkle at the
Have you seen signs of spring yet? The temperatures will drop again, so these may have been teasers, but important observations none-the-less. And if anyone out there has pictures of these early species to share on this blog, let me know!