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Author:  jedi jeffi [ August 22nd, 2019, 7:53 am ]
Post subject:  Early Winter 2019?

I was up at the Whitewater Nationals in MInden this past weekend (Aug 17&18) and noticed a couple of things 8)
First something I usually see up there in mid September, hundreds of Cedar Waxwings.
There was only a few left on Sunday Morning and by the afternoon they were all gone.
Then a large flock of small warblers came in, (much harder to photograph :roll: )
Again something that is usually not seen until mid September.
When I got back the birding group I belong to in Algoma was also noticing and posting pics of similar early migrations for Boreal birds.
I also noticed a definite change in the leaves, which was confrimed by the CBC gardening guy on Tuesday.
He drove across the middle part of the province back to Ottawa.
I thought my mind was just playing tricks on me :oops:
Then there was the weather warning put out for an very early severe fall storm in the high arctic.
So do the birds and trees know something? :o
And what is happening in your neck of the woods.
Jeff

Author:  Splake [ August 22nd, 2019, 8:19 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Early Winter 2019?

Birch normally start turning at by this time in August.
Cedar Waxwings are resident year round, although there seems to be some migration and if your highlighting that they are assembling in a larger flock then that could be a sign of an earlier migration.
It's never too early for a severe storm in the high arctic. Heck, it used to be only a little unusual to get a bit of snow in southern Ontario in early September.

That said, both dogs have been shedding like crazy as if they are getting ready to grow their winter coats already.

Author:  redstart mouser [ August 22nd, 2019, 10:08 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Early Winter 2019?

I think that this (mid August) is pretty standard for warbler migration time. They go in groups - early, middle, late, and right now is the middle group's time.

This is a bit old but gives the groupings:
https://stokesbirdingblog.blogspot.com/ ... iming.html

Lots of leaves falling already in Huntsville though - enjoying a cool day today!

Author:  sbaillie [ August 22nd, 2019, 11:22 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Early Winter 2019?

I head up to the boreal forest in Quebec on the last week of August every year, and we've always found it eerily quiet of birds.

For the leaves; I'm in the Ottawa valley, and at my property we've had almost no rain all summer. Ottawa has been hit by numerous storms, but they've largely missed us 2 hours northwest. Because of the ultra dry conditions; a large number of my deciduous trees have started dropping leaves already.

Author:  redstart mouser [ August 27th, 2019, 9:46 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Early Winter 2019?

Here you go Jedi Jeffi. Time to check what the pigs are doing.

https://www.prevention.com/life/a288209 ... edictions/

Author:  jedi jeffi [ August 29th, 2019, 7:05 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Early Winter 2019?

I guess winter camping season will start early this year :lol:
Good thing I got a season long winter spot at MacGregor Point :thumbup:
Now if we can make it between the snow storms :-?

Jeff

Author:  Splake [ August 29th, 2019, 8:17 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Early Winter 2019?

I know there has been at least 1 snowy owl resident in southern Ontario this year ...

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