The garden is frozen. . . . . . . but there is still a welcome extended to all on our front porch.
No human footsteps have appeared on the pathway and up the front steps,
but the birds came to eat and drink. . . . . . and cheer up the ice cold
landscape yesterday, adding color and movement, and a few chirps
now and then when squabbling over a peanut or a place on a feeder.
Today they are back again and bringing life to the garden.
Here are more photos of our visitors taken later in the day yesterday when
the light was better - but I still didn't venture out on the ice so they were
taken through the windows.
Garden birds enjoy a wide range of food types. Most species can make
their own meals on a variety of edibles from many sources. But all species
require a water source, and that source has incredible drawing power.
The backyard that offers a steady source of water, along with food and
shelter, will always attract larger numbers and more species of bird life than
the backyard that offers only food and shelter.
Male Northern Cardinal
Female Northern Cardinal
Mourning Dove & Pine Siskin
Male House Finch
Female House Finch
Pine Siskin - snow melting now and enjoying this morning's sunshine.
Female Cardinal & Male House Finch. . . . sharing!
So, the snow didn't amount to much but the layer of ice remains on the streets this
morning with temperatures staying below freezing, even plummeting to
a low of zero degrees Fahrenheit tonight - our coldest night this winter so far.
Hopefully the garden birds will find a safe spot to spend the night, and
tomorrow we'll be out again defrosting their precious water sources.
Many thanks for your comments on yesterday's wildlife photos.
Stay safe, and toasty warm, if you're in one the of the colder places on the planet!