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…And The Birds Are Still Happy

I checked on our vegetable garden early last week and was happy to see the garlic I put in last October came up.  The Daffodils and tulips have also pushed themselves above the soil.  But Mother Nature doesn’t seem to give up on winter just yet, she dumped a whole load of snow on us again last Friday.  The storm ‘Saturn’, with just a winter storm advisory, has dropped around 10 inches of snow over night.  The vegetables and flowers, were fooled by a few days of warm daytime temperature, have disappeared under the snow again.

Our avian friends who have started to claim territory and housing were force to make a truce between them.  Yes, they will have to eat together at a few feeders we put up for them in winter since snow has covered everything else.  With snow still falling, they patiently wait their turn at the feeders.  Here are some of them….

American Tree Sparrows (Spizella arborea) have been with us all winter.  They're probably packing up for a flight back to the Arctic.

American Tree Sparrows (Spizella arborea) have been with us all winter. They’re probably packing up for a flight back to the Arctic.

A female Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) keeps her eye on the feeders from atop a trellis.

A female Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) keeps her eye on the feeders from atop a trellis.

A male Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) also waiting in the rose bush.

A male Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) also waiting in the rose bush.

One Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) preferred to wait in the lilac bush rather than eat with the other Chickadees.

One Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) preferred to wait in the lilac bush rather than eat with the other Chickadees.

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia), the sparrow that can really sing, preferred to hang out on the Blueberry branches.

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia), the sparrow that can really sing, preferred to hang out on the Blueberry branches.