|Red-shafted Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)|
From Wild Fidalgo, the BirdCam catches some avian visitors during a stretch of unseasonal winter weather. Although we have gotten snow as late as April here, even February snowfall is rare. The February 23rd storm dropped as much as 14 inches/36 cm in some areas of lowland western Washington. For a time on Wednesday evening, 30 miles of Interstate 5 was shut down between Arlington and Alger where drivers were overwhelmed by the conditions. South Fidalgo received about 6 inches/15 cm during the storm. Temperatures have remained below freezing.
February is normally rainy and overcast with temperatures in the 40's and 50's F (4° to 13° C). Occasional sun breaks provide evidence that spring is on the way. Tomorrow promises to bring back normal temperatures and very welcome rain, under the circumstances.