Winter a week early

01 Sparrows & quail in snowy Yarnell AZ (1024x678)

Sparrows and Gambel Quail

The birds of central Arizona may want to head further south, and I think I’ll follow them. 

02 Snowy Yarnell AZ (1024x1018)

Winter officially starts next week, 12-21-12, on the calendar.  Oh no, the end of the world as some folks think.  But really just the end of warm weather in the Northern Hemisphere.  Yet Mother Nature has her own time schedule and I think her seasonal clock is askew.  Maybe that has something to do with humans over-winding the watch, or lack of watching what we do to our planet.  Not a lecture on climate change, just a thought.

03 White crowned sparrows, Northern Cardinal & Black-throated sparrow Yarnell AZ (1024x680)

White-crowned sparrows, Northern cardinal, and, maybe a black-throated sparrow

For the most part it seems the birds get along when it comes to survival with an occasional chase by the quail that appears harmless enough.  But there seems to be two male Northern Cardinals in competition.  One, the obvious dominant, chases the other into the brush and oak between the feeders and the wash.  Not very neighborly.

04 Quail in snow Yarnell AZ (1024x678)

Not that keen on snow and cold having seen enough of it growing up in the Chicago suburbs and living in northern Washington.  I’d rather fly off to warmer climes.  Still working on that time consuming plan.  It’s hard to believe there’s so much to see in South Africa.  I’ll only be there two months.  And be watching different birds and wildlife.

05 White-crowned sparrow Yarnell AZ (1024x678)

Because I don’t want to go out in the cold these photos were all taken through a water-droplet covered window.  I am more impressed by the new lens every day. 

06 Snowy view towards theWeaver Mts Yarnell AZ (1024x678)

Has winter arrived where you are?

8 thoughts on “Winter a week early

  1. The Good Luck Duck

    No, it has not arrived (unless that’s what this wet stuff is called in Tucson). When do you rehemisphere?

  2. yogi

    You are working your window a lot these days.

    Cold weather is okay but I think a couple weeks of warm weather in January or February would be just the ticket.

  3. Firefly

    Seeing that I’m on the other side of the world I am glad to say that winter has left the building and summer is settling in. I bet your birds love you in winter and will absolutely miss you when you come and visit us in SA.

  4. Sallie (FullTime-Life)

    I won’t even make you feel bad by answering your question ;>)….been wondering how the strange cold front was affecting you … def. time for you to move south, but wonderful pictures in the meantime though.

    My son said a long time ago, that instead of calling it ‘global warming’ it should be called ‘climate change’ because it will affect different places differently, not always getting hotter everywhere. I haven’t had a chance yet to visit your new blog but plan to asap.

    1. Geogypsy Post author

      I don’t want to hear about your warm weather right now as I sit looking out at snow.

      I totally agree with your son, extremes will happen every where, not necessarily warmer.


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