Winter Birds

January 30, 2014

The weather forecasters were saying we wouldn't get much, if any, snow on Tuesday the 28th.  They said it would be all around us, but not here.  The flurries started in the morning and by noon it was snowing hard.  And the temps were cold enough to allow the snow to pile up.  The birds were very busy at the feeders until the middle of the afternoon.  Then they left for a couple hours, but were back again late in the afternoon.  With their flitting around and flying between the trees and the feeders, it was hard to get a picture that wasn't just a blur.  I was surprised how much the falling snow showed up in the pictures.

As always, I was sitting at the kitchen window while taking these photos and stayed toasty warm drinking coffee (in the morning) or wild berry zinger tea (later in the day.)

 

White-throated Sparrow ~ January 28, 2014 ~ 2:12 p.m.

Eating safflower seeds in the snow

 

Northern Mockingbird ~ January 28, 2014 ~ 2:19 p.m.

Fluffed up against the cold.  Birds fluff their feathers, creating air pockets to hold body heat in and keep out the cold.


Northern Cardinal ~ January 28, 2014 ~ 4:53 p.m.

Fluffed up in the snow.

 

Northern Mockingbird ~ January 29, 2014 ~ 8:52 a..m.

On a beautiful sunny-but-still-chilly (15°F) morning - after the snow.

 

Northern Cardinal ~ January 29, 2014 ~ 8:53 a..m.

Breakfast - The birds dug through the snow for the safflower seeds.  And I added some black oil sunflower seeds.

 

January 30, 2014 ~ 7:51 a.m.

 

 


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