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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Join the Birds for a Snow Day

Our first snow fall of this winter season arrived on the heals of our recent ice storm. When snow falls and temperatures hover around freezing the birds know it is time to get busy at the feeders to keep their energy levels up. And boy are they busy. Filling the feeders up twice a day.

Carolina chickadee
Carolina Chickadee

The birds are always cautious. It's in their nature after all. Cardinals, Titmice and Finches perch in the neighboring trees. Hopping from branch to branch, making their way closer and closer to the feeder. Birds like the Carolina Chickadee and Nuthatch shimmy down the trunk of the trees gaining more courage the closer they get to the feeder.

White-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch

When the coast is clear they make lift off and in one fell swoop land safely on the feeder. Hastily grab their one seed and off they go to the shelter of the tree branches to devour their take.

We rarely see pine warblers visiting the feeders. Days like today bring them down from the pines searching for additional seeds. They are a burst of color on a dreary snow day.

Pine Warbler
Pine Warbler

One of our most popular feeders frequented by the tufted titmouse is the one with raw peanuts. They are also big fans of sunflower seeds and suet cakes.

Tufted Titmouse
Tufted Titmouse

This morning I happen to spill some peanuts on the edge of one of the raised beds in the kitchen garden and it wasn't long before the seeds were discovered.


These smallish birds are full of personality. They communicate frequently with their friends, bringing in more and more titmice. The adjacent tree was filled with 5 to 10 birds at a time eagerly waiting their turn to swoosh down and grab a nut. It was a little like Atlanta's airport with take off and landings happening every 30 seconds.


The ground feeding birds like the mourning dove walked about the snow pecking at the seeds that were accidentally dropped on the ground. They marked their path as they wobbled along leaving interesting patterns in the snow.

Mourning dove footprints in snow

Snow days are fun days and have to be embraced because tomorrow all that white will be gone and it'll be back to the tired brown landscape until spring arrives. 

10 comments:

  1. You got great pictures! Few birds can compete with chickadees and titmice for cuteness (kinglets maybe). The titmouse pictures are adorable!

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    1. Thanks! You're right they are up there on the cuteness scale!

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  2. Nice bird pictures, and I love the feeder pictured with the nuthatch. Stay warm!

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    1. Thanks Dorothy! I got that feeder a few years ago. I tried different seeds in it and it just didn't work very well since the holes are really too large for seed. This year I decided to try it with the raw peanuts and it's perfect!

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  3. Very beautiful bird photos, Karin. I really like the Pine Warbler. It will be a while until we see them. Your feeders are beautiful too. Both would be great art projects to make.

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    1. They are the most decorative feeders we have. I usually buy feeders that are easy to clean and don't get seed stuck in places one can never reach which then rot and make the feeder unusable. These two feeders however, are both artistic and easy to clean. Not an easy find in my book.

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  4. Great pictures Karin and I love your feeder....that is gorgeous....a work of art in the garden.

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  5. We have lots of chickadees, nuthatches, and mourning doves but I never see titmice or pine warblers. The titmouse is a cutie. Great pictures!

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  6. Such beautiful snow and birding photos! For some reason, my Wisconsin garden didn't have as many birds at the feeders this year. I heard them in the trees and shrubs, but perhaps we had a resident owl or hawk up on the roof that I couldn't see. I'm hearing many mockingbirds down here in Florida, though. I get such a kick out of their continuous, varied songs! Many other birds here, too. Happy almost spring!

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  7. Lovely bird photos, they are great to watch those little ones, aren’t they :-)

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