The brown band is barely visible on this one, the second that I saw today. I didn’t see the band at all on the first one, but he was camera shy.
Farmer’s Almanac says they have thirteen distinct segments of black and reddish-brown and, according to folklore, “the wider that middle brown section is (i.e., the more brown segments there are), the milder the coming winter will be. Conversely, a narrow brown band is said to predict a harsh winter.”
Maybe these two are imposters, not the weather-forecasters. The brown is definitely not distinct.
I’ve never noticed any in my backyard before this year, and these two make a total of three in the past few weeks. The earlier one was brown-band-less too. I will be on the look-out the rest of the season.
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