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Happy (peaceful and fruitful!) 2019, birds and sunsets

Date posted: Monday 14th January 2019

Happy (peaceful and fruitful!) 2019, birds and sunsets

First weeks into the New Year and it’s not so far been too harsh for the birds gathered round the feeders. The chaffinches have reappeared after an absence of most of the year and a welcome return. ‘My’ robin’s been hovering around, chasing off others trying to get a clawhold on plot territory and waiting patiently for me to turn the earth – I like this photo where the legs look almost translucent in the bright morning sun!

Christmas with my American family in Columbus, Ohio was a lovely get together, with weather similar to Hampton Wick, but now they have snow while we’re still enjoying relatively mild to colder temps, forecast to drop next week and including a weekend lunar eclipse of a blood moon: “A total lunar eclipse greets skywatchers at the end of this week. Don’t miss it, as the next one will not be until 26 May 2021. The Moon will begin to enter Earth’s shadow at 03:34 GMT on 21 January and reach mid-eclipse at 05:12 GMT. Skywatchers in the Americas will see things at earlier local times, which shift the eclipse into the evening of 20 January. The Moon will spend a total of 62 minutes in the deepest part of the Earth’s shadow, known as the umbra. During this time, the Moon will appear to turn a red colour due to atmospheric effects at Earth bending the sunlight. In total, the full eclipse will last more than three hours and twenty minutes. The eclipse takes place during the first supermoon of 2019. A supermoon is a new or full moon that takes place when the Moon is near the closest point in its orbit with Earth. By coincidence there are three supermoons this year, occurring at full moon on 21 January, 19 February and 21 March. February’s is closest at 356,846km but only January’s boasts an eclipse.” (Starwatch: total eclipse of a supermoon | Science | The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/…/2019/…/starwatch-total-eclipse-of-a-supermoon-red-mo…)

First weeks into the New Year and it’s not so far been too harsh for the birds gathered round the feeders. The chaffinches have reappeared after an absence of most of the year and a welcome return. ‘My’ robin’s been hovering around, chasing off others trying to get a clawhold on plot territory and waiting patiently for me to turn the earth – I like this photo where the legs look almost translucent in the bright morning sun!
Christmas with my American family in Columbus, Ohio was a lovely get together, with weather similar to Hampton Wick, but now they have snow while we’re still enjoying relatively mild to colder temps, forecast to drop next week and including a weekend lunar eclipse of a blood moon!
“A total lunar eclipse greets skywatchers at the end of this week. Don’t miss it, as the next one will not be until 26 May 2021. The Moon will begin to enter Earth’s shadow at 03:34 GMT on 21 January and reach mid-eclipse at 05:12 GMT. Skywatchers in the Americas will see things at earlier local times, which shift the eclipse into the evening of 20 January. The Moon will spend a total of 62 minutes in the deepest part of the Earth’s shadow, known as the umbra. During this time, the Moon will appear to turn a red colour due to atmospheric effects at Earth bending the sunlight. In total, the full eclipse will last more than three hours and twenty minutes. The eclipse takes place during the first supermoon of 2019. A supermoon is a new or full moon that takes place when the Moon is near the closest point in its orbit with Earth. By coincidence there are three supermoons this year, occurring at full moon on 21 January, 19 February and 21 March. February’s is closest at 356,846km but only January’s boasts an eclipse.” (Starwatch: total eclipse of a supermoon | Science | The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/…/2019/…/starwatch-total-eclipse-of-a-supermoon-red-mo…)