Birds & Melting Snow

Friday, March 17

The birds were glad for the suet since there was still a lot of snow on the ground.

Female Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

It’s been fun seeing them this winter. I don’t remember seeing them so much on previous winters.

The mourning doves are glad for the sunflower seeds I throw on the ground.

A junco looking for seeds

The township drivers were busy widening the roads and getting rid of any drifting snow.

The afternoon was warm enough that icicles were merrily dripping.

I love late winter days.

Our Snow Storm

Tuesday, March 14

This was our view about daylight on Tuesday morning.

Our day was made up of snow and ice and wind.

The by mid-afternoon the icicles were dripping.

During the late afternoon two of the man cave guys decided to open our driveway. After we noticed what they were doing, Cerwin got the snow blower out for them.

By evening the snow was more than a foot deep and blowing. I threw bird seeds on the ground every now and then so the birds could find food.

This chickadee decided to search through the snow on a feeder.

The suet feeders were busy – many times with birds who rarely eat suet or even share feeders.

The snow plows went by on occasion keeping our road open for those who needed to travel.

By bedtime the icicles were very long – and no longer dripping.

Finally – we got a real snow storm!

Clouds and Snow Moving In

Monday, March 13

Dark clouds came in to cover up the pretty sunset on Monday evening.

By Tuesday morning there was a few inches of snow.

Snow plows tried to stay ahead of the impending snow storm.

By this time only the brave birds were out eating.

I think this poor robin was confused by the white stuff on the ground and was probably thinking that it had moved north far too early this year.

A Bit of Snow & Sunshine

This is what our first crocus looked like after a light snow on Friday morning, March 10.

The snow left us with a beautiful landscape.

(This was the small snowfall – before the big snowfall a few days later.)

The geese are still in the field looking for food.

March 11 & 12 were filled with sunshine.

I have been careful about not filling the feeders, because our days have been windy – which is kind of normal for the month of March in our area.

Snow Flurry

Friday, March 3

This is what it looked like at our place one week ago – and again today.

I think we had a bit more snow today.

The birds are always busy on snowy days.

Many of our days have been so warm that spring flowers are coming up.

Within minutes the sun came out and our woodlot looked like it was filled with white birch trees.

Then a huge flock of Canada Geese landed in the field below our house.

Wow! They are noisy

.I took all these pictures within thirty-two minutes.

Cold & Windy

Monday, February 13

With temperatures in the 70s today, it is difficult to believe that a week-and-a-half ago we had a cold, windy day.

There was ice in the birdbath…

…and our Bible verse flag was flapping in the wind.

In some areas of the patio there were still patches of snow.

The Northern Mockingbird found a piece of suet on top of the frozen ground.

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It felt like February eleven days ago – today if felt like May.

Snow & Birds & Gifts

Thursday, February 9

Day six of my birthday week

I was glad that I didn’t have to go anywhere on this day.

We have had so little snow this year that I treasure every snowflake we get. 🙂

A starling in its winter feathers.

After enjoying the snow and birds, I opened the goodie bags that our daughter Deb gave us yesterday.

The book in the center – Brothers by Choice – is a cute story about two of Roy and Deb’s rescues – Evan Opossum and Dale Squirrel.

Deb and I each received 5 containers of body cream from the owner of the nail salon yesterday.

The afternoon sun melted some of the snow, making pretty ice formations on bird feeders.

Could you put some fresh seed in the feeders. This is cold and wet.

Another Tree Down and Snow

Monday, January 30

It makes me sad that we have to take down our pretty Ash tree (right), but it barely had leaves last summer, and Amos said there was nothing he could do for it.

So he came on Monday morning to put it out of it’s misery.

First he took down the small tree that was attached to it.

Then he began work on the main tree.

The only good thing about taking the tree down is the unobstructed view from our kitchen window.

After they left I finished processing 2,000+ newsletters for the post office. Thankfully I have software and equipment to do most of it by computer, printer, and inserter.

I was surprised to come upstairs (my office is in the basement) in the early afternoon and see snow.

The birds were busy

The “tree guys” came for their last piece of equipment later in the afternoon.

Now my new view includes snow.

Snow Flurry

Saturday morning, January 28

Yesterday we woke up to a light dusting of snow.

I love snow, and since we are at the end of January without any snowstorms, I have to settle for flurries. 🙂

This was about all that happened. By evening most of the snow was gone from the ground.

An Icy Fall

Wednesday, January 11

The ice was beautiful on Wednesday morning, so I went outside – barefooted and still in my housecoat to get a few pictures from the porch.

Before I knew it I slid off the porch and unto the patio. 🙂

…and I thought the porch was just wet.

It wasn’t easy to get on my feet because of the ice, but I finally worked my way to the porch rail and got back in the house to assess my injuries and check on my camera.

Checked on the camera first: Apparently no harm done.

Checked on my body: A slight cut on top of my right hand and a bruised palm. A slight cut on my left palm. A small bruise on my left hip. A sore right knee. A bruised right ankle. Two beat up toes on my right foot.

It made me wonder what my fall would have looked like if it had been on video – and in slow motion. Our daughter Deb said she would have been glad to come and photograph it if I had given her warning. 🙂

I am fine and thanking the Lord that there were no broken bones in this old body. Four days later I barely feel any of the bruises.

Lessons learned: Take ice pictures from inside the house and never suppose a wet-looking porch is just wet when the temperature is at freezing.

Downy woodpeckers don’t slide on icy feeders.