I feel guilty. A foot of snow is predicted, and I have no birdseed in my feeder. We have entertained a lot in the last week, though, so there are stale chips, crackers, nuts and other leftovers available to toss onto the deck. I also chopped up an apple. I know the birds could peck at it, but if I don't chop it up, the squirrels will carry it away whole.
So far, my donations have attracted Tufted Titmice and Dark-Eyed Juncos. Dark-Eyed Juncos like to shuffle on the ground to stir up something good to eat, and that's what they were doing on my tabletop. I caught some pictures with the snow flying from their little dance. Some people call them "snowbirds", and that's certainly a fitting nickname today.
Since the weather was not conducive to being outdoors (wind chill), and because the roads were slick and dangerous, and I was almost out of gas, I decided to stay home and just enjoy these little visitors to my deck. Sometimes I think I appreciate them more when I can just watch them close up like this, see their feathers and coloring up close, and watch them enjoying their food as the storm ramps up.
This junco had a lot of brown feathers and was quite handsome.