January began warm and ended cold and windy. I heard a few Upland Chorus Frogs singing on New Year's Day
in the bottoms on the farm. Win reported that a few Spring Peepers joined in a day or two later.
The second weekend of the month, Win and Hope attended a SC DNR meeting and training session held at Table Rock State Park.
During a break, Win was able to find two of SC's mountain salamanders:
the Mountain Dusky Salamander and
the Gray-cheeked Salamander.
After trying for two years to tempt birds to feeders at our new home, we have finally had success. First, Chipping Sparrows came,
then Cardinals, Goldfinches, and Dark-eyed Juncos.
The temperatures dropped at the end of the month prompting many birds to visit the trees and shrubs around my work office building in Greenville.
I was able to get pictures of
American Robins, an Eastern Towhee, a Red-bellied Woodpecker, a White-breasted Nuthatch, and White-throated Sparrows.