Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Snow Birds--Part I
When the big storm came through here this past Friday and Saturday, I spent alot of time (and money) feeding the birds. They FLOCKED to the feeders ---and I kept the feeders filled for them... During those days, I took TONS of pictures of these little birds (as I'm sure you can imagine--ha). Some of the pictures are not that good because of the storm and dreary conditions. But---I have chosen several to share with you. I will divide them into two different posts --so that there won't be so many pictures on each one. Above is one of my favorites, a male Cardinal in the snow. Note the ice on his tail. Below are more.
The snow and ice kept covering up the suet... This little Carolina Wren waited for the Red-bellied Woodpecker to come first and loosen up the suet a little for him.
Don't you just feel sorry for this sweet little Goldfinch --sitting there on top of the deck railing in the ice/snow???? He took that sunflower seed laying in front of him, from the feeder to the railing so that he could eat it. But--he just sat there looking at it for the longest time. I can only imagine how cold he was, sitting on that rail. Poor thing!
Look how puffed up this little female Bluebird is... I take many pictures of Bluebirds --and love them all. But this little gal just looked so cold!
It was snowing like crazy ---and this little Goldfinch had a good idea. He crawled up there under the roof of the birdfeeder and stayed there for a LONG time. He wasn't eating --but was just staying dry!!!! Smart bird, don't you think? (Tomorrow I will show you a close-up picture of him!)
I need to put an umbrella over the seed plate and the peanut butter seed bell.. The snow began to cover everything up.. BUT--that didn't stop all of the birds (especially the Goldfinches) from digging in to find food!!!!
I am so glad that I am able to feed the little backyard birds ---especially in weather conditions such as this. Birds that have come to the feeder recently: Robins, Pileated Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Downy Woodpeckers, Carolina Wrens, Eastern Bluebirds, Cardinals, Tufted Titmice, White-breasted Nuthatches, Carolina Chickadees, Goldfinches, House Finches, Mourning Doves, and Dark-eyed Juncos. As you know from a previous blog post, Robins generally do NOT come to the feeders. But--even they have to eat!!!!
Hope you have a wonderful Tuesday... We will probably venture out today to run some errands. We've been house-bound since Thursday!!!! We still have alot of snow --but the temperatures are warming up this week ---so hopefully, most of the snow will melt. Blog friend IMAC asked me how much I would love the snow after it had been around for about six weeks. I laughed and told him that I am ready NOW for the snow to leave!!!! I've had my SNOW now---so let's have SPRING...