NOVEMBER NATURE HAPPENINGS Winter Wren

• Listen for the Winter Wren singing in the morning.

• Project Feeder Watch starts and extends until April, www.birds.cornell.edu/pfw

• Feeders get busier as the month progresses. Keep them full to attract migrants.

• To attract migrants, spread Bark Butter on the trunks of trees.  Over 140 birds throughout the US are attracted to Bark Butter.

• Look for new fall/winter visitors to your feeders such as Pine Siskin, Purple Finches and Red-breasted Nuthatches.

• Check the tree trunks in your back yard for Brown Creepers. Usually they go for the biggest tree trunk available.

• Hummingbird feeders still filed?  Watch for the Rufous Hummingbird traveling from Alaska through December.

• November sightings begin for Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Nashville and Yellow-rumped Warblers.

• Waterfowl migration peaks this month. Lake Frederick and Abrams Creek will be a good area to spot Tundra Swans, American Widgeons, Gadwalls, Buffleheads, Hooded Mergansers and Ruddy Ducks. At the end of the month, look for Green-winged Teals.

• Open water is important if there's an early freeze. Put out heated bird baths for a winter water source.

• Witch Hazel is the last plant to bloom this year.

• Sweet William and some thistles are still in bloom.

• Persimmons ripen - delicious when ripe, astringent when unripe.

• Peak of deer breeding season, through December. Use caution while driving.

• Woodchucks and chipmunks go into hibernation.

• Bears begin the hibernation process in mid to late November.

• Bats seek hibernation sites in caves and abandoned mines.

• Beavers are very active in the evenings while caching a winter supply of food.

 

SPECIAL DATES 

• November 5 - 6.  Taurids meteor shower peaks, best viewing is just after midnight away from city lights. The thin crescent moon will set early for a good viewing.

• Full Moon, November 23, called the “Beaver Moon”, as this was the time Native America Indians and early settlers set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. This full Moon was also called the “Frost Moon”, for obvious reasons.

• NOVEMBER 4 - DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS.

• November 6, Election Day.

• November 7, New Moon.

• November 7, The planet Mercury will be seen low in the western sky after sunset.

• November 11, Veterans Day.

• November 15, America Recycles Day:  https://americarecyclesday.org/

• November 17-18, Leonid meteor shower peaks, best time to watch between midnight and dawn.

• November 21, Wild Birds Unlimited closes at 4:00PM

• November 22, Thanksgiving.  The last Thursday in the month of November was declared by Abraham Lincoln in 1863 to be a “Day of Thanksgiving”.

• November 23, Wild Birds Unlimited will open at 8:00 AM for Black Friday shopping.  Look for great specials!

 

INTERESTING HISTORICAL DATES…What do a mouse, woodpecker, squirrel and moose have in common?  They all made it to the Silver Screen or Television during the month of November. 

• November 11, 1940, Woody Woodpecker, America’s favorite woodpecker, debuts on the silver screen.

• November 18, 1928, Mickey Mouse hits the silver screen as Steamboat Willie.

• November 19, 1959, Rocket (Rocky) J Squirrel and Bullwinkle Moose debuts on TV!