|Jet Stream, April 11, 2013|
(Map courtesy of acuweather.com)
|Last year's crab apples provide|
food for spring birds
I find myself wondering what those robins on my land are eating today. The Juncos can find seeds on tall grass stalks and the harrier hawk who returned a few days ago will no doubt find a rodent or two around the chicken coop. But the ground is still too frozen for those robins to find any worms. In the past I have seen them picking on frozen crab apples still on the trees. So maybe that will help.
|Minnesota drought map 4/11/2013|
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Last year it was so dry in late summer-fall that we headed into winter about 7 inches below normal in precipitation. With the ground still frozen, all that this snow will do is run off -- which helps the wetlands downhill from my place, but won't do much for the garden. In fact, it is so dry that, for the second year in a row, I decided not to tap my trees for maple syrup. They grow along the edge of seasonal woodland wetlands that normally provides them with plenty of spring moisture during the melt-off, but this year it is bone dry. I saw on the news that some syrup producers are getting a decent run -- guess it depends on where you are. But for everybody it is very late, because of the abnormally cold spring. In the past, syrup production would begin in mid-March and be over by now.
All of which goes to show that the climate is indeed changing. Better get used to the new normal -- whatever that turns out to be...