Friday, January 25, 2013

Baby, It’s Cold Outside


It's been very cold here for the past few days, with temperatures in the twenties during the day, and dropping to single digits at night.

This sort of weather really brings the birds to the feeders. We see increased activity from the “regulars” – the chickadees, cardinals, white-throated and tree sparrows, juncos, and the like – but the cold temperatures also bring in birds we don’t see as often.

Here’s a sampling of what I saw from the kitchen window today. In the close-up shots, you can tell it’s cold by the way these birds are all puffed up in their down coats.

American Tree Sparrow

Downy Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker and Red-breasted Nuthatch

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Northern Cardinal

And his lady

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