Wild Fidalgo:  The BirdCam Catches Winter Weather

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.


  1. Now that's a cracker - picture expands to a decent size to so I get a proper look at it. Due to the good old blogosphere, I'm getting a good idea of American bird life but this is one I've never seen before - thanks.

  2. Hi Sandy. Thanks. I think she was really looking for suet. For every BirdCam photo posted, there may be 200-300 tossed out as unusable.


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