Thursday, December 05, 2002


The early-morning forecast was for 6-10 inches of snow, and we must have ended up with close to 10 inches. The first snow of the winter. No, that's not right. Winter won't officially arrive 'til December 22nd or 23rd. So, it must be the first snowfall of the fall! Whatever, it was nice. Got to stay home from work today, and slept in 'till 11:00. By the time I finally got up, our kindly neighbor had cleared all of our sidewalks with her snow blower. Nice! Along with the snow, the first Red-bellied Woodpecker of the fall arrived in the neighborhood. This is one of the classic misnamed birds of all time, as it has absolutely no red anywhere on the belly! It was, of course, on the "woodpecker" tree, one of a row of Norway Maples that separate our backyard from our neighbors.


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