Welcome to JOYFUL REFLECTIONS. Also welcome to DECEMBER!!!! My header picture this month is a beautiful photo from our trip last year to "Christmas at Biltmore"... Being there to see that beauty just makes Christmas more special for us! Enjoy, and Merry Christmas.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Be sure to read Part I (click HERE) of my Snow Birds if you missed it yesterday. Today I will show you some more of these cold little birds trying to survive in winter. Above is a close-up of a little Goldfinch I showed yesterday. This little guy sat there for a long time --staying dry from the falling snow. Below are more!
I couldn't get a very clear picture of this guy, but was just happy to get his picture at all. This is a Dark-eyed Junco--and they don't come to the feeders very often. Actually, he wouldn't go to the feeders at all--but searched the deck floor for some 'spilled' sunflower seed. I first saw this bird on our winter trips to Arkansas. I 'thought' we must have them here --but I never see them --unless the weather is bad.
The little Downy Woodpecker came to the Suet feeder... He had to work his way through the ice and snow in order to get some suet. BUT--he did it!!!
All of my feeders (except for one in the front yard) are on the deck---outside this sliding glass door. There are a total of 7 different feeders out there. This is a typical picture of some of the birds on the deck (usually there are many more than this) ---scrounging for food as it drops to the deck from the feeders above. You can see all of the snow coming down out there!!!
This is PETE, my male Red-bellied Woodpecker... With that beak, he doesn't have any trouble pecking through the ice and snow in order to get some suet. (This one is for you, GINNY.)
You know that I just have to show you another picture of one of my Bluebirds. This picture is much better because it was taken on Sunday---and the snow had stopped and the sun had come out... Do you think Mrs. Bluebird is smiling???? WELL---since the clothesline wire is still icy, maybe not YET.
OOPS-----this is a mighty big bird!!!! How did you get in this set of pictures, Little Deer????? (Well---I couldn't help myself... I captured this guy's picture early yesterday morning along with 3 more deer as they were running through the yard belonging to our neighbor across the street. I liked the picture of them in the snow---so decided to share it today, along with the birds!!!!)
On another note, we did get OUT yesterday. It was our first trip out of the house since Thursday. The main roads are fine --but the back roads are still quite snowy and icy. I'm not sure when schools will be open again up here since we are in a large county with many mountain and back roads. We ran some errands, and it felt good to get out of the house for awhile.
Have a great Wednesday!