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.


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


Two male Eastern Bluebirds swooped in at the same time.


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


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


A pair of Cardinals showed up for some seed…



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



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


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.


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




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




15 thoughts on “Feathers and Flakes

  1. 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?

    1. 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. 🙂

  2. 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 🙂

  3. 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. 😦

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