Snow day

The view from Kestrel Hill today is horizon-to-horizon snow. 18 inches on top of half a foot already on the ground — that’s a whole world of white.

We had a new roof installed last year, a metal roof. You’ll love it, the  builder assured us, no maintenance and the snow just slides right off! And just as promised, for the several moderate snows we’ve had, the roof clears itself quite efficiently.

Well, this was the first heavy snowfall of the season. And it was impressive, all right: a full rolling broadside as the entire front thundered down. Maybe too impressive! The sleeping cat shot off my shoulder and into the basement. As for me, every time it happens I have to laugh, it’s so exhilarating.

One small problem. I hope no one’s standing on the stoop next time it cuts loose!

Is this the year our reprehensible shed will finally collapse? (One can only hope!)


Since I wasn’t going anywhere anyway, I worked at my Great Backyard Bird Count. I had lots of help:


Lots of couples out for lunch, including the Cardinals.



House Finches…



… and Purple Finches. You wouldn’t believe how many years it took me to tell them apart.



40 or more Robins in the sumac grove.



Two Song Sparrows have stuck it out all season. Angry Birds, anyone?



As well as two Carolina Wrens.

I don’t know how we’ll scale those mountains to keep the feeders full, but I’d hate to disappoint the patrons.






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4 thoughts on “Snow day

  1. Betty frezon

    Great birds. The snow is a little much. Good thing no one was near the slides. Heavy stuff.

  2. Upstate Ellen

    Watch out for the roof avalanche! My husband really wants to get a metal roof. Is it worth it?

    For a long time I had the same problem trying to tell House Finches and Purple Finches apart. The “dipped in raspberry juice” description of the Purple Finch is quite apt. House Finches also look scrawnier than Purple Finches.

    • We’re happy with it so far. The one worry I had was that it would be noisy, but even hail isn’t any louder than on asphalt.
      What you need to consider is the effect of, let’s say, 16″ of wet snow times the square footage of your roof smashing and compacting down on your foundation plantings. I’d suggest relocating anything within a few feet of the eaves, or get those protective teepees. Our big rhododendron is lying nearly flat.

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