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And Frigid Cold

We got hit by snow storm Hercules last night to midmorning today.  The snow itself accounted for little accumulation, only  six inches or so, but the frigid wind was another story.    The temperature is around 3ºF now but the strong wind makes it much colder.  I’m really concerned for our honey bees, that they may not survive this winter.  I left the snow covering the entrances the way it is, at least for overnight, to cut down the wind and frigid cold blowing through the hive.

In this harsh weather we make sure that the bird feeders never go empty, and the heated birdbath is filled.  We depend on wild birds to do insect control in our garden and with the advent of harsh weather their well being depends to some degree on us.  We also enjoy their chirping and their dancing in the snow.  The dancing is actually the way they alternately tug one foot under their feathers to keep it warm in between hopping around for seeds.

I was snowed in for the most part this morning.  With coffee in hand, I parked myself right by the patio door and watched the activity outside.  A never ending stream of birds came by for food and water.  Some of them took refuge in between the joists under the patio roof, but most of them came in for food and warm water.  I was surprised to see two Eastern Bluebirds checking birdhouses.  Maybe they sense that tonight’s temperature is predicted to go down below zero.

The photos here were taken through the patio door.  I like to keep my fingers intact.  I have difficulty operating a camera with gloves on and no gloves while outside today wasn’t an option.

A male Red-bellied Woodpecker came by and stayed for a while

A male Red-bellied Woodpecker came by and stayed for a while

A male Northern Cardinal and a White-throated Sparrow enjoy a margarita together

A male Northern Cardinal and a White-throated Sparrow enjoy a margarita together

Tufted titmouse at one of the feeders

Tufted titmouse at one of the feeders

A White-throated Sparrow taking refuge in an Autumn Sweet clematis

A White-throated Sparrow taking refuge in an Autumn Sweet clematis

Carolina Wren also puffed his feathers up into a little ball against the cold wind

Carolina Wren also puffed his feathers up into a little ball against the cold wind