Canada Geese just seem to take cold weather in stride. There is a resident small group of about eight Canada Geese that are here often. These geese likely are the same birds that were hatched here in May, 2012. The geese were here this past weekend when I took these pictures from my living room window. It was very cold here and snowed off and on. The snow would sublimate or melt and then more snow would fall. Sometimes the grass would be green and sometimes there was a crust of the white stuff. The temperature was just at freezing almost all day.
The geese did not seem to mind the snow but I do think that they did not appreciate the cold winds that blew on Saturday afternoon here. I know I did not enjoy it at all! The geese are grain and plant eating birds. They love new grass and will graze on lawns or pastures to eat that newly grown grass. By the way, it is raining heavily today and snow is expected tonight and tomorrow. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
This pair of Sparrows (Savannah?, House?) were happy that I put a little bit of bird seed on my porch railing the other day. It was a very cold, snowy morning when I saw these birds out of my living room window. They were up on the porch out of the snow and then I noticed that they flew under the wooden decking of the porch. They likely were sitting on the ground under the floor boards to get out of the rain and later, snow. I can’t blame them. They also enjoyed bird seed out of the bird feeder once I cleared a bit of the snow off of it.
These birds seldom use the bird feeder. Mostly they eat seeds from native plants here in the pastures and roadside ditches. I am happy to report that as of this morning, the snow has melted and the yards are getting greener. I took these pictures from my living room window on February 2, 2013. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the thumbnail image. Enjoy!
This little Song Sparrow showed up in my yard just after it had snowed. The weather was windy and this tiny bird was looking for something to eat. This is one of the first sparrows I have seen here. I think that perhaps this bird lives with its flock in one of the neighboring yards or nearby woods. The sparrow was investigating a couple of old empty plastic containers that once held bird seed. The bird just knew somehow! Because I did not have a bird feeder out, I no longer have any bird seed here. So, taking pity on the little bird, I put out some dry oatmeal and a few torn pieces of raisin bread. The bird had flown off before I managed to get the treats out, but I do think I need to have a feeder up soon. I have not seen that bird back here since I took the picture from my window on 1/13/12. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
I took these pictures of these Common Crows from my windows and my porch on a very snowy morning on December 7, 2011. The crows were here in a group of five. These beautiful black birds were busy browsing for worms and other insects in the grass. The crows are often here and live in nearby woods. The birds are quite interesting and handsome. The morning started out a rainy one.
When the snow started falling at about 9:00 AM, the temperature was falling and held at just above freezing. Because the ground had been rather warm, the snow did not stick at first. By noon, the snow had accumulated to about an inch in many places on the grassy areas. The trees looked quite lovely with a beautiful dusting of white. A nice early December view! I have included a snowy view from my home looking toward the wooded gulch and street. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy! P.S. Happily, the snow has melted (except shady spots) and the skies are blue with white puff-ball clouds – Wildlifewatcher
Tufted Titmice, Carolina Chickadees, and House Sparrows were eagerly coming to my front yard bird feeder on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010 around the noon hour. It had been snowing all morning but the snowfall was fairly light. The temperature was about 23 degrees (F.) out when these pictures were snapped. I have a mixture of Nyger or Niger Seeds, Black Oil Sunflower Seeds, and Millet in this feeder. The smaller birds seem to like this feeder a lot. It is lower to the ground and in a sheltered spot near the porch.
The Grey Squirrels here have been appreciating my “Squirrel Chow” treats. This is especially true now that we have had snow flurries and snow showers off an on during the last few days. The daytime temperatures have been pretty cold with highs in the upper 20’s as well. The Squirrels are getting Sunflower Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Corn, and Peanuts. The tactic is to provide some nutrition for the critters and divert their attention (did not work for one) from the bird feeders. I took these pictures on 12/5/10, 12/6/10 and 12/7/10 in my own yards here.
On a slightly different note, yesterday afternoon (12/7/10), I looked out my window and saw the following in the backyard under and on the bird feeder: 8 Mourning Doves, 4 Grey Squirrels, 2 Sparrows, and 1 very feisty Eastern Chipmunk! No kidding, the Chipmunk actually chased a Grey Squirrel off of some type or another of the Squirrel Chow or fallen birdseed that was on the ground! Amazing! This morning I have Crows here. I have to report to you kind readers that a pussycat caught one or another of the critters and well, I caught it eating and chased it off. It likely was a neighbor’s cat. That in a nutshell is why I have four Crows here at the moment. I have not checked on what particular animal was the cat’s snack because it is about 25 degrees outside at the moment and I just don’t want to get cold for that chore. The Crows will do their job. More adventures in backyard wildlife tomorrow. Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger picture. Enjoy!