The snow continues. I measured 12″ in the backyard this morning, and a few more inches are expected. Not record snowfall by any means, but it feels like a lot. Once again I had to trudge out to the platform feeder to dump the snow and lay down fresh sunflower seeds.
It’s cold right now, but the bitter cold isn’t expected to arrive until tonight. The predicted low for tomorrow is -13 F.
The woodpeckers have an annoying habit of eating suet only out of the top hole in the feeder, leaving the bottom two relatively untouched. Then Judy and I have an argument about whether I should refill the top hole. My position is that the woodpeckers should not expect me to refill the top hole when the feeder still has plenty of perfectly good suet. I usually lose this argument.
You get the feeling the birds know what is coming, and they are gulping down as many calories as they can to fortify themselves against the frigid temperatures.
The hawks are also hungry. (The light was pretty bad, so these pictures are not very sharp.)
When there is a predator alarm the songbirds fly off to their preferred perching spot. At these times the Deutzia is full of a whole crowd of birds looking as if they were expecting a play or sporting event to get started.
I throw a few sunflower seeds and peanuts on the ground for the squirrels. Plus the birds are very messy eaters, and they drop quite a few seeds.
And now I am out of sunflower seeds, so I am making an emergency run for more. Stay warm, everybody.