Minus 38°F and Frost - UPDATE January 27, 2019

Siskins were the first arrivals again, 7:37 AM, six minutes before official sunrise, lit mostly by the deck light. With the temperature at 38° below (F), Siskin with frostSiskin with frostthey had more frost than a couple days ago when it was about 11 degrees warmer. I’ve never seen so much frost on a bird as was on the backs of some today. The picture shows frost on one wing as if it was from breath seeping through the wing that its head was tucked under overnight. They had frost on their heads, too.

A hairy woodpecker that arrived at 8:32 AM still had frost on its head; but after another hour or so, I didn’t see any on any birds. I don’t know if it mostly falls off or turns into vapor.

The fox is becoming gentle when it takes bologna. It used to snap quickly like it was grabbing prey. Now it just gently takes it.

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Thinking a chapter in the book should be about bears reacting to children crying—bears I saw and bears in the news.

Looking forward to the Black Bear Field Courses.

Thank you for all you do.
Lynn Rogers, Biologist, Wildlife Research Institute and North American Bear Center