Slip Slidin’ Away

The wintry weather that descended on the Atlanta area over the weekend left many of our roads hazardous for driving, but (much to my daughter’s delight) provided ideal conditions for lid-sledding.  Hey, we have to make do here in the south!

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The combination of snow and sleet also deposited a thin layer of “black ice” on the Bark Butter branch – a favorite feeding post for many of my birds.

The Red-bellied Woodpecker was the first to discover the slippery situation, but was quick to learn that the notches on the branch provided the best place to grip.

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The Cardinals kept flying in for a landing and then sliding right off the runway.  They too eventually discovered the premier place to perch.

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But out of all the birds that attempted to eat the bit of Bark Butter that managed to stick to the limb, the “determination award” definitely goes to the Pine Warbler.  He flew in from one angle after another, refusing to be deterred from conquering this icy obstacle.

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Eventually, using his wings and tail for balance, he managed to stand on the branch for a few seconds and grab a quick bite to eat.

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Then, like the others before him, he opted to perch on the now popular notch.

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Meanwhile, as these birds were slipping and sliding, the Blue Jays (no surprise here!) were busy munching on their favorite source of protein.

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And now…we’ve had our snow…so let’s get back to our regularly scheduled sunshine! 🙂

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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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18 Responses to Slip Slidin’ Away

  1. bkcitta says:

    Great photos

  2. Vicki says:

    thank you for sharing these lovely photos.

  3. de Wets Wild says:

    Looks like great fun (for humans)!

  4. I guess they’re not used to winter sports yet😊 Wonderful shots!

  5. aussiebirder says:

    It was interesting to see how ice and snow affect birds in winter. I did not realise the aspect you shared till now.

  6. Jodi says:

    Such great shots. Poor buggers. But they figured it out. 👍😉

  7. Snehal Kank says:

    Hahaha finally he managed to grab a bite 😀 Great photos Kathy !

  8. ArtReach says:

    I love the picture of the Cardinal – falling with style!

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