Mar 14 2008
Weather: We had an east wind today - not good in this land where the prevailing wind is from the southwest. Eventually the wind dropped and it began to rain steadily. I took a picture at 5:00pm near the Cathedral of Learning. Dreary, dreary sky. Not a good day for watching birds.
As of yesterday Pittsburgh’s precipitation was 2.39″ – that’s 37% above normal for the year – in only 10 weeks. No wonder the rivers are in flood.
Meanwhile my car developed a leak in the driver’s side door that made the carpet into a squishy, water-seeping bog. I had it fixed today… I hope.
Crows: Bonnie Jeanne Tibbetts brought an NPR story to my attention called “Taking Over the World One Crow at a Time.” Apparently Josh Klein invented a box that teaches crows to pick up loose change in exchange for peanuts. I have no idea if he’s tried it on wild crows yet, but I’d love to be there when he does.
Bird song: As the days lengthen, more birds are singing every day. Yesterday was a good day to hear cardinals, robins, song sparrows, house finches, goldfinches and the mockingbird at Pitt.