Thursday, January 29, 2015

Winter Shadows

OK.  Cabin fever has officially set in.  I forced myself to get out of the house (and beyond the driveway) in search of a place to walk in spite of the deep snow.  First, I drove to Hopkinton State Park.  You wouldn't believe how many times I have driven past the beautiful shadows on the roadside near the entrance.  Today I stopped to photograph it.   It is SOOOO pretty!


Closeup!

So pretty!  I should never have driven past this!!

Next, I drove over to the reservoir in Southboro.  The water was completely frozen over, and there was no place to park.  I drove on to Rural Cemetery and parked there and walked a bit.  There were a few nice birds around to entertain me.

Blue Jay

Yet another brook buried beneath the snow.


Northern Flicker

Song Sparrow

I also saw a Downy Woodpecker, a Brown Creeper, Black-Capped Chickadees, and American Robins at this stop.  It felt good to get some exercise and fresh air!  Note to self:  cemeteries are excellent destinations after major snowstorms. 

Back at home, the Carolina Wrens were determined to win me over again.




Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Carolina Wren

I think the Carolina Wrens were a bit jealous of all the attention the Eastern Bluebirds were getting.  After all, they like the mealworms too.  Maybe they aren't as colorful, but they are cute.

Proud to be a Carolina Wren!



Had to find some camouflage in all the white snow!

Hey, check out my tail feathers!  Aren't they pretty?
Forget those Eastern Bluebirds, already!


Sorry, little wren.  I can't forget about the bluebirds!  I love them too much!  Today I was able to get their regular feeder filled again, and when I looked high up in the treetops, they were all up there waiting for me to go back inside so they could come down and empty it!






Here's a post-storm look at the wetlands area.



By the way, I am not the only birdwatcher in this house.  This is what we call "Cat TV".  And that's the little wooden shelter (on top of one of our tables) that my husband built to protect the mealworms during the blizzard!




Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Backyard Birds in the Blizzard

Travel ban.  State of emergency.  30+ inches of snow.  We were ready for this one.  Thank goodness we kept our power, and the winds were not bad except on the coast.  The sunflower seed feeder, thistle feeder, and suet cage were all well-stocked.  The mealworm tray feeder was holding one foot of snow when I woke up this morning, so that was pretty useless.  The Eastern Bluebirds were sitting next to it probably wondering where their food was....

Best group photo! 
(click to enlarge)

Midday, George built a little shelter to protect the mealworms from the snow, so we put a fresh batch out on our deck.  Within minutes, we had a high of 8 bluebirds fly in at one time.  

Sunflower feeder action

Northern Cardinal (male)

 Northern Cardinal (female)

American Goldfinch

again

White-Throated Sparrow

 Red-Bellied Woodpecker

Song Sparrow

Black-Capped Chickadee

Carolina Wren

Tufted Titmouse

again

Eastern Bluebird





We survived the blizzard just fine, and I think my backyard birds did well too!  I love birds in the snow!



Monday, January 26, 2015

Whack-a-Mole

I stayed home today, so these are all backyard bird sightings:

Northern Cardinal (male)


Northern Cardinal (female)

American Goldfinch

Red-Bellied Woodpecker

Carolina Wren

Eastern Bluebird


One time when I looked out, there were no birds at the feeders, but I did catch some movement on the snow beneath.  There were two or three holes in the snow, and a little mole kept popping out, grabbing a seed and immediately rushing back into the hole again.  It took some patience but I was finally able to catch a shot of him!  It reminded me of the arcade game, Whack-A-Mole.  He was fast!  If it sticks around another day, I'll take a look at it in the binoculars and try to identify what type of mole it is.


The little brook that crosses under my driveway had some nice ice formations today.




We are now awaiting the big blizzard that is predicted for our area:  2-3 feet of snow, damaging winds, possible power outages.  We are already in a state of emergency, and travel is banned after midnight until further notice.  Should be interesting!