A Sure Sign Winter Is Coming

Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services RS284559


Junco Nov 8 2019For me, a sure sign that winter is on its way is the arrival of juncos to our back yard. I usually spot them closer to Thanksgiving, but today November 8th I just caught a glimpse of one feeding below our feeder.  

Today we also had our first snow flurries while the sun was shinning.

And today I noticed a few squirrels are starting to get that white fur on the back of their ears.


Here in SE PA, we are waiting for an early arctic blast that will plunge us into minus freezing temps at night for a few days. Most of the country will be hit by this arctic blast. I did some last minute outdoor chores to prepare for the freeze.


Well the juncos are here until April.

We will see what Old Man Winter brings to our area this winter.


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Comments (13)

Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

We also had a few snow flurries in our area today. 

I am hoping for a nice day to visit Longwood Gardens.

Nov 08, 2019 01:46 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Gloria it does sound like winter is on it's way at your house.  Very pretty bird.  As for us, beautiful warm forecast as chill isn't come down this far (thankfully). Stay warm and enjoy your weekend!

Nov 08, 2019 01:47 PM
Gloria Todor
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Newtown Square, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Roy Kelley I imagine Longwood is preparing for their Christmas display.  Hope you get there soon!

Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, GRI, WLS I do enjoy the juncos.  They hang out in groups once they all arrive.  Yes you live in a warm area!  Enjoy!

Nov 08, 2019 01:53 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Gloria - I am not familiar with juncos but indications of seasonal changes certainly exist in many forms.  

Nov 08, 2019 01:56 PM
Gloria Todor
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Newtown Square, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Michael Jacobs yes each area has its markers. I believe the Santa Ana winds pick up in your area.

Hope the smoke from the fires did not go through Pasadena or get stuck at the foothills near you.

Nov 08, 2019 02:46 PM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Gloria- The juncos are one of my favorite birds. I remember well them showing up at this time of year. I love how they twitter when they are jockeying for the best food sources. A little bird with a big personality. Hope you are enjoying Fall and are ready.for winter.

Nov 08, 2019 02:59 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Cute little bird!  Glad to hear you're prepared for the big freeze.

Nov 08, 2019 04:59 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Gloria I have bee off the platform for a while and just started back up and I am so glad I found this post, love animals and this little one is cute... stay warm, Endre

Nov 08, 2019 10:35 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Gloria Todor ... winter is just around the corner and it feels it today in MA.... 21 degrees out.... they're predicting a tough winter....

Nov 09, 2019 04:38 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Love those little birds. It sounds like winter has arrived Gloria. Hope you guys enjoy the cozy indoors during the blast. D 

Nov 09, 2019 06:36 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Don't think I've ever seen a junco.... what sweet little birds. Sounds like you're in for some real cold in the coming days, Gloria... stay warm.

Nov 09, 2019 06:51 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Gloria,
I was watching the Weather Channel yesterday and it looks like an Arctic blast is heading your way by the first of next week. Hope you and the critters can hunker down and stay warm.

Nov 09, 2019 07:56 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

We had a brief fall and then that artic blast which meant the final garden harvest and bringing in the plants we wanted to live.   Now we have "normal" winter with days getting in the 60s and nights in the 40s.  Typical Georgia winter weather.  We will have a few "cold snaps" where we go below freezing, but generally speaking those only last a day or two in our area.  Thank goodness for that.

Nov 19, 2019 12:52 PM