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  •  What's "normal" snow cover (4+ / 0-)

    like this time of year back there?

    I looked up your Blue Jay - flashy! They're the cousins of our Steller's Jays, both Cyanocitta, and both with fancy crests. The largest number of Steller's I've ever seen at one time was seven, and that during fledging season. Even at the winter feeders, they come and go singly, only sometimes in pairs. It's hard to imagine flocks of them.

    I came for the politics and stayed for the science.

    by bwren on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 05:00:49 PM PST

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    •  Normal total winter accumulation is 40+ inches. (4+ / 0-)

      We have only had 21 so far this year.  This is in northern Luzerne County.  Some areas have had more, some less.  It depends to some extent on elevation.  

      Last year was very bad - 2 storms and only about 10 inches total.  The ski resorts are getting really good at making their own.

      The blue jays don't flock, they are solitary.  But they mob a feeder.  What these guys were doing was one would fly down, grab a peanut, and as it was taking off, the next one flew in.  This is actually very unusual behavior.  Normally they will fight like crazy and one bird will stand on the box and chase all the rest.  

      I counted 27 birds in the cherry tree.  More than enough for a pie. ;)  

      "May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house." - George Carlin

      by Most Awesome Nana on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 06:58:06 PM PST

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