The cold blast of weather, arctic vortex, call it what you will, that is currently enveloping most of the midsection of North America will be touching our area soon. While the northeast will be spared the bitter cold, temperatures are forecast as below normal for the next week at least.
One plus to look for is the possibility of northern and western bird species entering the mid-Atlantic region. Not just waterfowl, grebes, winter finches, etc., but hummingbird species as well. Keep those camera batteries charged and the camera ready near the window. Nectaring plants may still be vibrant and hanging on in your yard and could attract whatever stray Selasphorus, Archilocus, or Stellula species is in the area.
The Cackling Goose at the Lord Stirling equestrian fields continues as of today. Two photos by Mike Newlon are below.