On Sunday, November 1 just as it was getting dark, I saw a very bright meteor that split into two pieces before breaking up after a couple of seconds.
I found a website to report it and saw that a number of people in the northeastern USA probably saw the same thing. The Taurid meteor shower has larger meteors but fewer of them than other meteor showers. They occur between Oct 20 and the end of Nov, with two peaks on November 5 and 12. Larger meteors are called fireballs.
Note: seen near Black Lake area, Lanark County
A Taurid fireball, streaks above Orion. Photo: Science@NASA/NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/Howard Edin.
It was good to study this bird again and check its differences between the female house finch. The pine siskin, a small and very streaked finch a little bigger than a chickadee, breeds all across Canada, in the boreal forest. Its nest, a cup made of grasses and twigs, is made anywhere from one to seven ft. above the ground and sometimes on the ground beside a small rock. The adults show yellow between their feathers. Single brooded, they raise 4-5 young ones each year. In winter, they come south and spread erratically all over the continent. An active species around your feeders, some years there are many counted on the Christmas Bird Counts and other times, there are none. Watch for them with the goldfinches and redpolls. The female house finch, also streaked but with now yellow, is an inch larger and is found mainly in built-up areas.