Snow, Cyclamen, Hawk, and Sandhill Crane

The first snowfall to stay on the ground just started.  We should have a few more inches of snow today.

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First snowfall of the season in the back yard.

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Snow on chinquapin oak tree.

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The cyclamen started blooming to bring in the Christmas season.

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We started cooking the soup before the snow fell and brought in Brussel sprouts, collards and kale.  We still have a lot of kale in the garden, so we will see how it looks next week.

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When I stepped outside yesterday this hawk flew up into a nearby tree.  It was probably hunting sparrows or squirrels at the bird feeder next door.

img_4259-1We came upon a lone juvenile sandhill crane (no red marking on head) at Lake Katherine on Saturday morning.  It must have been separated from its flock as it flew south. On Friday Steph and I were taking a walk and looked up to see 80 – 90 sandhill cranes flying over us in a southeast direction.

6 thoughts on “Snow, Cyclamen, Hawk, and Sandhill Crane

    • I imagine the snow will melt in a few days. Yes. I hope the crane figures out the way. There is a big gathering of many thousand sandhill cranes a few hours away in Indiana. It is a little late in the season, but the weather has been so warm so they may still be there.

    • The sandhill cranes moved through Chicago all week, and I saw them a number of times. One day I saw 150 – 200 in a series of flocks. Now we have to wait for them to come back through again in the spring!

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