1° F Is For The Birds!

Hello everyone! I hope this post finds you well. All is well here but it is very cold. The high for today is 1° F with a windchill of -18. The forecast says the low for the day is -6° F. I could never figure out how the low for the day is usually up to 6 AM the following morning… Anyway, it is very cold no matter when it gets here.

I went through the normal routine of getting up, making coffee, and feeding the cats. When I looked out the bedroom window, a few birds were impatiently waiting for birdseed… The hanging feeder still had plenty of feed, but what was left of the seed I spread on the ground yesterday was covered with snow. The sparrows were doing their backward scratching trying to find something to eat. I also knew I had to go to the chicken house with fresh water as theirs would be frozen. After I drank a little coffee, I went outside…

 

We had more snow somewhere between the time I went to bed and got up and there were a few more flakes falling off and on during the day. There is a 60% chance on Monday. The forecast says the low for the day is -6° F. I could never figure out how the low for the day is usually up to 6 AM the following morning… Anyway, it is very cold no matter when it gets here.

 

I went through the normal routine of getting up, making coffee, feeding the cats, and taking the first three photos.

When I looked out the bedroom window, a few birds were impatiently waiting for birdseed… The hanging feeder still had plenty of feed, but what was left of the seed I spread on the ground yesterday was covered with snow. The sparrows were doing their backward scratching trying to find something to eat. I also knew I had to go to the chicken house with fresh water as theirs would be frozen. After I drank a little coffee, I went outside to the chicken house and sprinkled about a gallon of birdseed next to the tree in front of my bedroom/office window.

Then, I came back inside and got the camera…

 

I went outside and saw the little black tomcat by the corner of the house. He doesn’t look too impressed to me. I already forgot the name I gave him recently so I will have to look at past posts or make up a new one. It’s a good thing I didn’t tell him his name. 🙂

This cat has been coming and going lately, and sometimes he isn’t here to eat feed for several days at a time. He is growing, though, and is almost as big as Simba. A couple of evenings ago I heard Simba and Little Bit growling on the back porch. There was this black tomcat by the steps wanting something to eat but he wasn’t allowed. I thought, “what the heck? Why aren’t they letting him come to eat?” I opened the door and looked at the black tomcat and said, “MAN you grew over the last few days while you were gone.” Simba looked at me and said, “that IS NOT our friend!” Well, I was sort of confused for a minute. I stepped out of the door and the black cat ran down the steps but tried several times later. I think he finally did get something to eat.  The next morning the little black tomcat came to eat and there were no issues… HMMM… I guess we have been having a visitor…

 

When I was coming back from the chicken house, I noticed the furnace vent had some ice around it. I never saw that before… It’s just on one side but you would think as much as the furnace has been running there wouldn’t ice around the vent! GEEZ!

 

Thank goodness Phlomis ‘Edward Bowles’ is covered up… 🙂

 

HMMM… The Cylindropuntia imbricata is covered with snow and taking a bow… It has been warm enough until last week it hasn’t even turned red.

 

I went back inside and Jade was asking if she could sit on the shelf in the bedroom. I said, “Ahhh, since you successfully snuck in a few days ago and I let you stay now you are asking?”  I let her in but I told her not to make this a habit. 🙂 She ran in and put her front paws on the front of the shelf and looked at me. She snuck on the corner last time, but this time she wanted more room… I picked her up and guided her to the corner in front of the Aloe maculata… She was agreeable…

I used to allow her to stay in the bedroom and sleep on the foot of the bed when I was in there working on the computer, but her hair… I mean, enough is enough! I would go to bed at night and pull hair out of my mustache. SO, when I bought the new flannel blanket for winter, she had to stay out of the bedroom.

 

When I took the above photo there weren’t many birds eating under the tree. I thought maybe it was so cold they were somewhere out of the wind.

 

Then, the Blue Jay came and what birds were there flew off. He makes the other birds nervous.

Oh yeah, a few days ago there was a new bird I hadn’t seen before. I didn’t get any photos but I looked on All About Birds and found out it was a male Spotted Towhee. We are a little out of its range, but it for sure was a Spotted Towhee. I have not seen it since.

 

A few more birds trickled in. Mostly different species of sparrows and the Dark-Eyed Junco. The Red-Bellied Woodpecker would fly down and get seed and then go to the tree to hide it. He was very busy and wouldn’t sit still long enough to get a shot.

 

I don’t know, but I think that speckled bird is an immature sparrow of some sort… There are several species of Sparrows here but I don’t want to get the list and write them all down… I am sure several species look the same at this stage.

 

Every time I looked out the window there would be a different bird to take a photo of, so I would get the camera and give it a shot. I saw a female Cardinal only one time…

 

Then, later, there was a Morning Dove and a couple of male Cardinals. I was lucky and got a good 2 for 1 shot. 🙂

 

Hmmm… I think this was a time I tried to get a photo of the woodpecker… The Tufted Titmouse came a few times but wasn’t in the mood to get its photo taken.

 

Then, LOW AND BEHOLD, an Eastern Bluebird flew in the tree. I guess he wanted to see what was going on but he didn’t stay long and went on his way.

 

Then FINALLY the little Nuthatch came… I took five photos but only this one wasn’t blurry. These are neat birds and I always like watching them…

 

I took the birds photos over a several hour period but I grew tired of that. It’s days like this that the cactus and other plants are glad to be on the warm side of the window. I completely agree! Jade is now sleeping on the bottom shelf but you can’t see her in this photo. Actually, I think a nap sounds pretty good…

How is the weather in your neck of the woods?

Until next time, be safe, keep warm (or cool wherever you may be), stay well, and always be thankful!

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14 comments on “1° F Is For The Birds!

  1. katechiconi says:

    Great bird shots, that blue jay is really showing off his colours, and the cardinals are so vivid in the snow. We’re still hot and humid and waiting impatiently for the end of monsoon/cyclone season.

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    • Hello Kate! Yeah, the Blue Jay and Cardinals are very colorful. The Blue Jays are the intimidators of the group. They like to fly down right in the middle of a bunch of birds and make them fly off. The Cardinals get along fine with everyone, though. It’s strange how different the weather can be from one side of the planet to the other. Take care and stay safe! Thanks for the comment!

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  2. Jim R says:

    I’m getting tired of the cold and snow. Change is overdue.

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    • Hello Jim! We have been fortunate this winter until now. It hasn’t really been that cold and what snow we have had hasn’t been that much and didn’t last long. Now we are going on the second week of a deep freeze! It doesn’t take long to get tired of it. I hope you are well. Take care and thanks for the comment!

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  3. Our Maine weather is brisk, but I think yours is worse.

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  4. tonytomeo says:

    I managed to put several very important batches of seed into flats before the end of winter. Darla, a semi-feral kitty who lives here used the most important flat as a litter box! I was hopping mad! I still am! I know she did not intend such an offense, but this is intolerable! . . . . and my town is named after kitties!

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    • GEEZ! I wouldn’t like that either! I thought the cats would be a problem in the flower beds here but they haven’t been. Nothing worse that digging through the dirt with your hands and running into poop. BUT, they just do their business in the yard so I have to always watch where I step… The hose is handy.

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  5. Littlesundog says:

    I woke up to -4 this morning. That’s just unheard of in Oklahoma. They predict -9 tonight and from there things should improve a little. Even my family in Nebraska are talking about seriously cold temps for the northern states.

    I enjoyed your bird photos. We see the same species here. The Spotted Towhee is a winter favorite here. I love to watch them scratch and dig under ground debris – they’re great little foragers. And their coloring is striking… especially with all of this snow around!

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    • Hello Lori! GEEZ! I woke up to -4 here this morning also. Our forecast is also showing a slow improvement. The birds are enjoying more birdseed today. Even the Blue Jays are being hospitable. I would sure like to see the Spotted Towhee again so maybe I can get a photo. Take care, keep warm, and thanks for the comment!

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  6. Dayphoto says:

    Brrr. That poor Tom Kitty. BRRRR

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