Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Winter Storms - Birder's Delight!

A little snow in the Ozarks is to be expected in our winters,
and we often feel cheated if we don't get at least one good snow.

But when the snow and ice hang on for days,
and the roads are quite impassable,
it's good to have something to brighten your days.
For me,
that's birdwatching!
(Male Cardinal)

Seeing the many birds and their mates come to my feeder gives me joy!
(Female Cardinal)

Whether they carry off the seeds,
(Male Goldfinch in winter colors)

...or sit under the feeder snacking on sunflower tidbits,
I find their presence and their actions most interesting!
(Dark-eyed junco)

The blue jays are not particularly fond of sunflower seeds,
but when they get hungry enough, they come screeching in,
loudly making their presence known.

The black-capped chickadees are regulars,
regardless of the weather.

The house finches are regular visitors, also,
but the downy woodpecker seems to prefer insects,
and is a more infrequent visitor.

The nuthatch is not usually in this position....

More commonly he scoots down the tree with head down.
I guess with the cold weather (13 degrees F this morning),
bugs are a bit hard to find!

The mourning dove appeared to have a wing caught
on a small peach tree limb.

She struggled awhile before breaking free.

I don't usually do two Joy4Today posts in a week...
I guess you can tell that I'm snowed in!
It's a little too cold to dig out a frozen rock to paint, though,
so I'll probably wait till next week to do another Rock4Today

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Margaret Adamson said...

hi. Lovethe snow and that red cardinal against it is stunning. other shots are great also.

Phil Slade said...

You may have lots of snow but all those birds are a joy to see Joy.

lindaakacraftygardener said...

We do have many of the same birds visiting our feeders. Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful collection of yardbirds. I have many of the same birds at my feeders. They are fun to watch. Have a great evening!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Watching the birds at the feeder is a good thing to do when it is cold outside. I find that the Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers come to the suet I offer.Actually all the birds enjoy this in winter.

Lady Lilith said...

With all the snow, it is really nice to see some birds around. Thank you for sharing the photographs.

pattisjarrett said...

I'm still waiting for the dark-eyed juncos to stop by. :)

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Wonderful visitors at your feeders.

Irma said...

Many different and beautiful birds in the snow.

Arija said...

How wonderful to have all these birds come to your feeders. I often wish we had snow in winter so the birds would come to be fed.

Lmkazmierczak said...

Wow, these are great captures. Hope you are not snowed in for too long♪♫ Have a wonder filled week!

fredamans said...

Wonderful birds!!!

storybeader said...

what beautiful photographs! Thanks, I really enjoyed it! {:-Deb

EG CameraGirl said...

I'm with you on this! Birds definitely brighten a wintery day!

Jedidja said...

I love the pigeon. Beautiful photos.

Jedidja said...

I mean: dove. Sorry.

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The happy wanderer. said...

The Cardinal certainly fits the Christmas theme.

Connie Smiley said...

It's an unusual winter, isn't it, neighbor? Love your bird pictures. The same ones are at our house.

jeannettestgermain said...

Sorry you're house bound because of snow! It really looks cold outside, and the birds and squirrels must be happy you put some food out for them to eat:)

Stewart M said...

If snow brings birds like this, bring me snow!

Nice pictures.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Joy said...

Marvelous God's creation. They enough speak of how wonderful our God is:)

Jenny said...

Birds are such darling little creatures...

That cardinal's deep red really pops against the snow-covered ground!

Delightful post for the letter "D".

Thanks for linking.