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" MoonGreat Horned Owl
  • 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!American Tree Sparrow
  • 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)