Thursday, February 21, 2008

Let it snow....dammit.

Southern Ohio is smack dab in the middle of a snow and ice storm. We have received at least 3 inches of snow on top of what we got yesterday. And now the ice is falling. Dammit.

The thing about Cincinnati:
Cincinnati is located within a climatic transition zone; the area is sometimes considered to be at the extreme northern limit of the humid subtropical climate, but most sources place the area at the southern end of the humid continental climate. Although technically located in the Midwest, Cincinnati also is occasionally considered to be within the periphery of the Upland South.
(I didn't write that...got it off Wikipedia. But Cincinnati really is like a "Southern" city...all this snow just sucks for us, no matter how many times it happens to us. We act like the World is About to End)

The only good thing I can think of with all this snow is the increased activity at the feeders. Feeding the birds not only gives them some added help in this sterile world we have created...it also gives us a window into their behavior. They are packing in the sunflower seeds, suet dough...all that yummy fatty stuff that will keep them warm.

The downside to this is the starlings. It wouldn't be too bad if it was just starlings....I just bang on the window or throw a shoe at it and they scatter for awhile.

But the current flock also contains brown headed cowbirds (native!) and red-winged blackbirds (also native). So if I scare off the starlings, I am also scaring off birds who belong here. Dammit.
The Horde
(If you click on this picture, you can see that one bright red cardinal
in the midst of all that black.)
I counted over 100 starlings at one point today. Dammit.

Just got a call from Isabelle's school (they have this neat automated system to alert us of the important stuff) and they are closing for tomorrow. Romper Room....Day Two. Sigh.

Car stuff:
The driver's side window on my car is acting funky...it's electric and won't go up or down. I can usually just manually pull it up if I need to, but today, it stuck....OPEN. So there is a two-inch gap that can allow snow and ice to build up in my car.

Snow Turban
So I shielded it with one of Swami's old turbans.

6 comments:

thepowerguides said...

we are lucky and only have one or two pairs of local starlings come to the feeders but the morning doves are in such abundance they dominate the feeders if I give them a chance.

Sounds like you got the same weather as we seem to be having in WI will winter ever end

steve

Mary said...

The most memorable blizzards came in February and March when I live in MD and DE. Just when you think winter is coming to an end - BAM.

Sorry but I laughed at all of your dammits. You're entitled!

KatDoc said...

Holy hell - we all survived! Although, I must admit, the trip from my mom's in Cherry Grove to home Thursday night was a bit of a drag. It took me 1.5 hours, when it usually takes 45 minutes. I even skipped pottery last night!

~Kathi

RuthieJ said...

Snow I can deal with, but not ice....ice sucks!
I have a flock of 25 or so starlings that show up once in a while, but a couple of more regular ones coming to suet. I've been "allowing" their presence because it's been too darn cold to put out my trap, but once it gets back to "normal" temps, the trap's coming out and look out starlings!

Mel said...

I've never seen snow in my life (just pics or videos). There is no rain or snow in Lima, and when I travelled to places where it does snow, it was never in winter!
I feel like I'm missing so much when I read all the posts from bloggers I like on the northern hemisfere :(

dguzman said...

I had probably twenty starlings at the feeders yesterday. I scared them all away just by opening the back door, but the sparrows etc. all stayed. They're used to me.