Feathers and Flakes

The backyard was quite a flurry this morning – of birds and of snow!  Now you northerners might laugh, but this inch or so of white stuff was big news in these parts.

The Mockingbird was one of the first to arrive, and appeared rather put out by the inclement conditions.

mockingbird

The Carolina Wren, however, was his usual happy-go-lucky self.

wren

Two male Eastern Bluebirds swooped in at the same time.

bluebird1

One flew down to the deck rail and seemed none too pleased by his snowy beak and icy tongue…

bluebird2

…while the other simply sat on a branch as he was pelted by snow.

bluebird3

A pair of Cardinals showed up for some seed…

cardinal

cardinal2

a Titmouse and a Blue Jay dropped in for some peanuts…

titmouse

bluejay

and a Robin stopped by for a drink from the heated water dish.

robin

Birds weren’t the only ones searching for food this morning.  This squirrel scurried down the Oak Tree and seemed startled by my presence.  I considered letting him stay (after all, it’s cold and he’s hungry too) but I quickly thought better of it.  I hissed at him, startling him a for second time, and he scurried back up the tree.

squirrel

Here are a couple more birds that braved the winter weather this morning.

warbler

sparrow

warbler2

Feathers and flakes…the backyard was a flurry of both!

 

 

 

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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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15 Responses to Feathers and Flakes

  1. hihowsyou25 says:

    Wonderful capture of a lovely bird!

  2. avian101 says:

    We had the same happen in our area. I had many avian visitors too! Nice captures Kathy! 🙂

  3. kathydoremus says:

    Hope you had fun in the snow with them. 🙂

  4. What a beautiful post! Such a large range of characters. And the Mockingbird does look a bit grumpy!

  5. Kit Dunsmore says:

    Fantastic photos! And lucky you to have warblers already.

  6. Bill Peterson says:

    Good Morning Kathy, I have that first bird – Mockingbird, sitting on one of my feeders and chasing birds away from it and my two other feeders for three days so far. Have you ever seen that?

    • kathydoremus says:

      Yes! The Mockingbirds (and the Robins) can get pretty territorial sometimes. I have a Robin that has been patrolling the area, and will let all the other birds come to the feeders except the Bluebirds. Btw…if you have a handful of blueberries put them out for the Mockingbird…it’s fun to watch him grab those in his beak. 🙂

  7. Snow always adds more to an already beautiful bird capture. Love these! I got tickled with you hissing at the squirrel, I bet he kept an eye out for you all day long! lol 🙂

  8. I love how photogenic bluebirds are! Sadly, I have never seen one “in person”, nor do I know anyone hereabouts whose garden has been visited by them. I suspect that we are simply not rural enough for them. 😦

  9. Fabulous photos, all, but that mockingbird really gave me a laugh! Hope you warm back up soon, Kathy! I am ready to see the backside of winter!

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