I hate snow, but our cats love it. It’s great for bird watching. We got about a foot of snow today in the Kansas City area, and the forecast calls for more. The crowds at the bird feeder were huge today. I saw five pairs of cardinals, black-capped chickadees, blue jays, doves, nuthatches, a red-bellied woodpeckers and some birds I didn’t recognize. Click on the photos for a better view.
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“Hey, look at these huge sunflakes coming down in the sunshine,” my husband called to me as I was hunched over my keyboard (Where else?) “It might make a good picture.”
I grabbed my camera. I soon spotted this nuthatch waiting on a tree branch for his turn at the bird feeder. After a few minutes, the snowflakes stopped falling. We’ve been lucky so far not to get any accumulated snowfall. Last year, we suffered here in Kansas City from lots and lots of snow! In fact, we had the third snowiest winter and tied for the 11th coldest winter in the 122 years of record-keeping in Kansas City. On Dec. 24, 2009, a blizzard hit us, extending even into Texas, where my sister said they got more snow on one day than they’d had altogether in the nine years they’d lived in Texas.
I should knock on wood at our good fortune so far this season. The winter is still young.
The National Weather Service Summary from NOAA of the winter of 2009-2010 in Kansas City is below.
Winter 2009-2010 temperatures were below average in Kansas City, with slightly below average precipitation and much above average snowfall
The average temperature at the Kansas City International Airport for the winter 2009-2010 season (December-February) was 26.5 degrees, which is 3.9 degrees below the 30-year average. Based on the longer term historical 122 year record from various Kansas City observation points, winter 2009-2010 has tied for the 11th coldest on record. The average high temperature for the season was 33.8 degrees, which is 5.7 degrees below normal, while the average low temperature was 19.3 degrees, which is 1.9 degrees below normal. The highest temperature of season was 59 degrees recorded on December 1st, and the lowest temperature of 5 degrees below zero occurred on January 2nd.
The total precipitation at the Kansas City International Airport for the winter 2009-2010 season (December-February) was 3.45 inches, which is 0.65 inches below the 30-year average. This would rank winter 2009-2010 as the 49th driest winter season in the longer term 122 year record in Kansas City. Snowfall was measured at 34.3 inches, which is 19.2 inches above the 30-year average of 15.1 inches for the winter season. This places the winter of 2009-2010 as the 3rd snowiest winter in the 122 year history of Kansas City observations.
Cardinal in a Snowstorm by catherinesherman
This male cardinal waited for his chance at our bird feeder on Christmas morning. Eight inches of snow covered the ground, making food difficult to find, so there was a lot of bird traffic in line for a meal. Below is a high resolution version of this photo.
It was a dreary, cold, snowy night when we picked up our Australian guests from the airport in late December. To us locals, the snow was a nuisance, but our guests thought it was beautiful, like fairy dust, fluffy and bright. (It was soon dirty and crusty…)
The first night, the boys raced through the snow in the dark with a flashlight, making tracks. We’d gotten rid of our sleds long ago (probably in some garage sale for nothing!), but the next morning, the youngest boy found a piece of cardboard and “snowboarded” down a hill several times.
Squirrels were fascinating creatures. Cardinals and woodpeckers were exotic. It was wonderful to see the world with a new perspective. When I drove them around, I pointed out what I knew. They also asked me plenty of questions I didn’t know the answer to, so I spent some time online when we got home learning more about my own city.
We spoke the same language, yet we didn’t quite. Jumper, biscuit, council, fringe, bum. Familiar words, but with different meanings from American English. I’ve watched enough Masterpiece Theater that I knew what they were talking about, though. Thanks, PBS! New to me is bushwalking, which means hiking.
In Australia, they are surrounded by birds we only see in cages, such as lorikeets and parrots. There are marsupials everywhere, while we have only one — the opossum. They have mandatory voting and are fined if they don’t vote.
They checked regularly online for the cricket scores. There was a big game in Perth, Australia, against South Africa. Australia’s national cricket team is the highest ranked in the world. Cricket is played in a hundred countries. High-level “Test cricket” games can last up to five days with time outs for lunch and tea. I still don’t understand American football, so I can’t begin to explain cricket. All I know is that they use bats and wickets, and that one of the incarnations of Dr. Who wore a cricket uniform.
We visited the National World War I Museum underneath the Liberty Memorial. Again, I saw the world through a different perspective. Their visit lasted too short a time. The next time I hope they can see our city in the summer. Soon I’ll be seeing the world from their point of view (and be a lot warmer, too) when we visit them in January.