“I arrived at 4 p.m. … but did not see it until 4:40 p.m.,” said birder Jeff Sewell of DeKalb County. “I watched it for 20 minutes until my fingers could no longer operate the focus wheel on my binoculars due to the wind and cold.”
Why are some birds found so far from home? There may be several reasons: blown off course by storms; inexperience (especially in young birds); genetic abnormalities; hitchhiking on a car or camper; and plain wanderlust — some birds, like humans, just like to travel far and wide.
In the sky: From David Dundee, Tellus Science Museum astronomer: The moon will be full Monday — the Bony Moon, as the Cherokee peoples called this month's full moon, since February's heavy snows made hunting difficult and people were down to gnawing bones to survive. All of the visible planets are rising in the east right now: Mercury, low in the sky just before sunrise; Venus, brightly shining, about two hours before sunrise; Mars, about midnight; Jupiter (near the moon Tuesday night), a few hours after dark; Saturn, just after midnight.