Early Winter Weather

I know it’s still fall, but it sure felt like winter here in Georgia this morning.  The temperatures were below freezing, so as soon as the sun made its appearance, I bundled up and headed outside to fill the feeders and add fresh water to the birdbaths. It didn’t take long for the birds to start showing up.

Some came looking for food…

Male downy who was in no mood to share.

Male downy who was in no mood to share.

 

Female downy who patiently waited her turn.

Female downy who patiently waited her turn.

Female Pine Warbler.

Female Pine Warbler.

Male Red-bellied Woodpecker enjoying some Bark Butter.

Male Red-bellied Woodpecker enjoying some Bark Butter.

While others came in search of a nice refreshing drink.

This female cardinal gripped the edge of the water dish as she was blown by a wind gust.

This female cardinal gripped the edge of the water dish as she was blown by a wind gust.

 

American Goldfinch at the heated water dish.

America Goldfinch at the heated water dish.

The water dishes that didn’t have a heater iced back over pretty quickly. I had to keep going out with a big old ice cream scoop (Blue Bell Vanilla Bean is what it’s usually used for) to break up the surface layer of ice. Although the birds didn’t flutter about me like they do for Snow White, they did seem to appreciate my diligence.

Brown-headed Nuthatch.  If I didn't get outside fast enough, he would start chiselling at the ice with his beak.

Brown-headed Nuthatch. If I didn’t get outside fast enough, he would start chiselling at the ice with his beak.

 

Carolina Chickadee.

Carolina Chickadee.

I’m not a big fan of winter, but it is nice to have more activity at the feeders.

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About kathydoremus

Wife, mother, daughter, and friend. One who dabbles in writing, thinks in rhyme, and is utterly unable to escape the allure of alliteration:) Amateur nature photographer. A backyard bird watcher, a hiker of non-strenuous trails to waterfalls, and a fan of Atlanta sports teams. Driver of an orange Jeep Renegade who goes by the name of Earl. One who is nourished by silence, solitude, and a good cup of coffee. A lover of God’s Word and the riches that are hidden there. An extremely ordinary jar of clay who longs to see and be satisfied by the glory of God, and to somehow display that in my everyday life.
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12 Responses to Early Winter Weather

  1. avian101 says:

    Great pictures Kathy! 🙂

  2. These are beautiful shots! Thanks for sharing your lovely visitors with us!

  3. I love your hungry feathered friends! What lucky birds to have you to feed them.
    Alan

  4. kathydoremus says:

    …and lucky me to have them to feed. 🙂

  5. underswansea says:

    Wonderful photos! You are fortunate to have so many different species to observe (and photograph). It is always enjoyable to watch Downy Woodpeckers hammering bark for frozen bugs.

  6. Tracy says:

    Beautiful photos! I am going backwards in your blog reading all of your older posts and am quite enjoying them all! Thanks for writing and sharing your photos! Tracy

  7. aussiebirder says:

    Stunning shots! I am impressed, you have captured the character of the bird well Kathy. The experts say you have it when you catch ‘the gleam in the eye’. Magnificent photography and beautiful again that you can share your lovely birds with an Aussie!

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