December Nature Happenings Central Rockies & Southwest
• Project FeederWatch continues, www.birds.cornell.edu/pfw • December is our second snowiest month, though dreams of a White Christmas are a 1 in 20 shot. • Keep water open for birds with a bird bath and heater. • Great Horned Owls are pairing up this month – listen for their "who" calls. • This is a great time to teach chickadees and titmice to feed from your hand. • Decorate a tree for the birds. Pick a tree in the yard and decorate it with edible ornaments for your feathered friends. • Meadow Voles and Deer Mice disappear into tunnels under a blanket of snow. • Geminid Meteor Shower is mid-month. • Christmas Bird Count is this month, birds.audubon.org/christmas-bird-count • Robins come in flocks to bird baths. • Watch for an increasing number of juncos on the ground beneath your seed feeders. • Provide a blend with enough white millet to satisfy the increase in ground feeding birds like towhees and juncos. • Duck and geese numbers peak throughout the state. • Watch for flocks of Cedar Waxwings. • Feeder activity increases as weather cools and rains arrive.