Jan 13 2009

What to Look For: Late January

Published by at 7:04 am under Phenology

Great Horned Owl (photo by Chuck Tague)We’re immersed in winter but nature is still busy outdoors. 

Chuck Tague published his “What To Look For” phenology for mid-to-late January, so get ready to brave the cold.  Here’s a hint of what to expect in southwestern Pennsylvania.  Click here for Chuck’s complete list.

  • Great horned owls are nesting now. Listen for owls hooting to establish territory and make contact.
  • Red-tailed hawks are courting too. Watch for pairs soaring together and calling.
  • Songbirds begin to sing again: northern cardinals, song sparrows, carolina wrens and tufted titmice.
  • Winter finches are still here.  I’m hoping for an evening grosbeak.
  • As the northern lakes freeze over, watch for unusual gulls on Pittsburgh’s rivers.
  • Foxes and raccoons are breeding. 
  • The days are getting longer.  Since December 21st, we’ve gained 18 minutes of daylight in the afternoon – but we’ve lost some in the morning.  By the end of January daytime will be 10 hours long!
  • Don’t forget to look for tracks in the snow.

As Chuck says, “During winter expect the unexpected.”  I agree!  There’s more to see than you’d think.

(close-up of a Great Horned Owl by Chuck Tague)

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  1. Dianeon 13 Jan 2009 at 8:03 pm

    My mood improved after reading this post. Kim S. told me about your blog. I read it frequently and have already become a huge fan. Keep the good stuff coming!

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