Frozen! And I’m not talking about the Disney movie!   I’m talking about the birdbath this past weekend. The birds arrived bright and early for their routine morning drink and found that the water was a solid block of ice. I’m pretty sure I heard them saying, “Wait! What? This isn’t what the brochure said!”


Blue Jay



Northern Cardinal

Their alarm, however, was short-lived since there is more than one place to get water in my backyard…in fact, there are more than two places…make that more than five places…at any rate…

Some birds made their way to the man-made waterfall, which had a thin layer of ice, but still had plenty of places they could peck through to get a drink.


American Robin


Cedar Waxwing


Eastern Towhee

Others headed to the heated water dish attached to the deck rail. This is always a big hit in the cold weather. If you don’t have one, put it on your wish list. It is definitely worth the price of the purchase.


Tufted Titmouse



Pine Warbler



Brown-headed Nuthatch



Northern Mockingbird

Many of my backyard birds don’t play well with others, but these two decided to call a temporary truce so they could both get a drink.  Trust me when I say that the treaty was short-lived!


Brown Thrasher and American Robin

My favorite photos are the ones where you can see a drop of water glimmering from a bird’s beak, like the Blue Jay below.


Blue Jay

I’m not much of a cold weather fan, but being able to go out and take pictures of the birds made it rather enjoyable…even if I did have to come in the house every so often and have my husband hold my frozen fingers ‘til they thawed.


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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10 Responses to Frozen!

  1. Absolutely fabulous photos! And such a wonderful assortment of birds. We had the same problem with the frozen birdbaths. I finally took a hammer to the ice in a couple of them, then poured some water from one of my rainwater containers over them. It helped for a little while but they refroze quickly. Thankfully we’ve been above freezing for a couple of days so they’ve thawed out.

    • kathydoremus says:

      Thanks! And I did the same thing to my birdbaths that didn’t have heaters. I was out there pouring water and pounding away with an icecream scoop. 🙂 I’d say the things we do is “for the birds” but that would be a bad pun!

  2. avian101 says:

    Beautiful gallery of birds, great captures Kathy! 🙂

    • kathydoremus says:

      Thanks. Doesn’t look like we will get many photo opps here in Georgia this week if the forecast stays the same. But hey, I think we’ve both been known to be out in the rain before!

  3. aussiebirder says:

    Every shot wonderful Kathy, a delight to behold! Thanks for sharing these little birds, I am gaining a better understanding of the birds on your side of the world.

  4. Hello Kathy,
    Thank you so much for sharing this series!
    I’ve been smiling the whole day 🙂 🙂

  5. What a wonderful assortment of photos and birds!! Is the heated water dish on your deck rail solar powered? I haven’t invested in a heated bird bath yet and we have no outdoor outlets so I can’t get one you have to plug in.

  6. kathydoremus says:

    No, it’s not solar powered – it has an extension cord that runs to an outside outlet.

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