Thursday, December 09, 2010
Here on the Cumberland Plateau of Tennessee, winter has arrived in a big way. Recent high temperatures have not been above freezing and overnight lows are getting close to the single digits. The first snowfall completed the appearance of winter with light snow showers stretching out over a couple of days. Waterfalls near my house have been forming large areas of ice around the base and as well as icicles off the rocks nearby. The Sandhill Cranes have mostly migrated south of the area but scattered flocks continue to fly over, hurrying towards the warmth and abundance of the southeastern U.S. The large fields nearby now have wintering raptors hunting their broad expanses. I have identified the majority as being Northern Harrier Hawks which usually appear around Thanksgiving and will be here until early spring.
Posted by David Knapp at 1:52 PM