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White Christmas

Three Inches Of Good Spirit

We kept checking daily if we’re going to have a white Christmas or not.  The weather forecast kept switching between rain and snow.  This is what I woke up to on Christmas morning…

Before sunrise on Christmas morning, snow dusting on branches

It was a peaceful and quiet morning.  The wind didn’t pick up until close to noon.  Then the trees were flayed bare again by the howling wind.  Plenty of birds flew in for treats since it was hard to dig through three inches of snow.  The Northern Cardinals looked best against white snow, a natural ornament.  The others pretty much blended in with their surrounding.  Somehow the colors of birds we have in winter are in shades of black, white , grey and brown; the Cardinals are the brightest of the bunch.  Here’s one of the Cardinals awaiting his turn for Christmas treats.

A Cardinal waits for his treats

More of birds that came in for treats on Christmas that I managed to snap photos of.

 

Another Snow Storm

…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.