December 2018 Nature Happenings
- Dec 1-31: Project FeederWatch continues, www.birds.cornell.edu/pfw
- Dec 7: New Moon; Dec 22: FULL "COLD" or "LONG NIGHTS" Moon
- Dec 13-14: Geminid Meteor Shower.
- Dec 16: BOS Christmas Bird Count begins in WNY, birds.audubon.org/christmas-bird-count
- Dec 21: Winter Solstice - the sun is at its lowest point in the sky.
It's the shortest daylight of the year and the beginning of winter.
- Dec 24: Christmas Eve: Watch for a blinking red light and reindeer in the night sky!
Santa, Rudolph, and 8 tiny reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet,
Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen are making their rounds!!! Merry Christmas!
- Dec 29: Hamburg/ East Aurora Christmas Bird Count.
- Jan 1: Dunkirk/Fredonia Lake Erie Bird Club Christmas Bird Count.
- Raptor migration is essentially over by mid-month.
- Bald Eagles may be seen along the Niagara River.
Nest-building begins. Babies born mid-March!
- Great Horned Owls are pairing up this month. Listen to their "Who's awake? Me, too!".
- This is a great time to teach chickadees and titmice to feed from your hand.
- Look for waterfowl migrants such as shovelers, swans, mergansers, canvasbacks,
long-tailed ducks, mallards, goldeneyes, and numerous gulls along the Niagara River.
- Watch for unusual birds at feeders such as: Redpolls, Pine Siskin, American Tree Sparrows,
both Crossbills, Evening Grosbeaks, and Pine Grosbeaks!
- Fox and Gray Squirrels' mating seasons.
- Watch for Sharp-shinned and Cooper’s Hawks feeding on birds in your backyard throughout the winter. (Root for the House Sparrows and Starlings for meals! lol)