I love Texas. Don’t get me wrong. I was born, bred and raised here and have spent most of my life in the Lone Star State. That being said, I’m not always a big fan of Texas weather. The weather in Texas doesn’t just change from day to day, but from minute to minute. And from region to region. Each part of the state has its own type of weather. If you’re reading this post, and you’re from Texas, you can attest to that. As an example for those of you who aren’t inhabitants of this great state, here’s the weather forecast for my town (which is located in the region of Texas variously referred to as the Rolling Plains, the Panhandle Plains, the Central Plains, the North Central Plains, West Central Texas, the Red River Valley, North Texas or Texoma depending on the source) for the next seven days according to our local weather service:
Quite the mish-mash of weather to look forward to for the next week! Is it proceeding according to the forecast so far? Well, snow has been falling all day and the current temperature is 19°F, so I guess so far so good. Or bad, depending on how you look at it. We desperately need the moisture. Unfortunately, the type of moisture we’re getting right now will do nothing more than soak into the ground. And that’s great! But it doesn’t do anything for the watershed. We need a copious amount of heavy rain to fall over an extended period of time, to fill the streams that fill the rivers that fill the lakes. Hopefully some of the predicted showers and thunderstorms forecast for the beginning of next week will help with that. We can only wait and see.
Birds were out in abundance this morning, filling their stomachs with food to keep up their energy during this cold spell. These two House Finches (Haemorhous mexicanus) decided to stake out one of the thistle feeders and didn’t let any others near until they ate their fill.
There was a virtual smorgasbord of other birds as well. Those stocking up on seed below include Eurasian Collared-Doves, also referred to as Ring-Necked Doves (Streptopelia decaocto), White-Winged Doves (Zenaida asiatica), European Starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) and House Sparrows (Passer domesticus).
The Daffodils (Narcissus) and Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) don’t look too happy right now, but the precipitation will do wonders for them in the long run.
I’ll probably venture outside again a little later to restock the bird feeders, but with the chill factor hovering around 6°F I don’t plan on staying out there too long! Wherever you are — stay warm!