Wednesday, December 5, 2007
We had our first snowfall overnight and I'd say we're off to a pretty good start for winter with about 3-4 inches here in Noblesville. I noticed that there was a lot of bird activity first thing this morning and the bird feeders were almost empty. I quickly changed out of my warm fleece pajamas, got dressed, put on my snow boots and braved the wind and snow to get the feeders filled up. It wasn't too long before several surprise visitors showed up on this snowy day.
During the winter, there's nothing prettier to me than a male cardinal in the snow. I was so delighted when I spotted this one in my neighbor's shrubs this morning. I jumped up and ran for the camera. Then I spotted the female at my feeder. I rarely ever see cardinals here, so this just made my day! I wish I could have gotten closer or either had a better zoom lens.
Birds were everywhere this morning, I wanted to get them closer to the house, so I threw some bird seed on the patio and poured some into the nearby planters.
It worked! They were all over the patio, in the planters and on the patio wall.
Remember that bird I couldn't identify a few weeks ago? Several people informed me that it was a starling. Shirl from Shirl's Garden Watch said, "They are very socialable birds and we seldom see only one arriving at the feeders here - they usually take over and fight amongst themsleves too. Perhaps it will bring back friends the next time or maybe it is completely lost and quite lonely :-("
Well, Shirl, it came back and brought its friends today.
The dark-eyed juncos were all over the place today too. They came right up to the patio door and didn't seem to be bothered when I opened the door to get a few pictures.
Libby, (the kitty), has spent the whole day right in front of the patio doors and Lilly, (our golden), enjoyed the entertainment too.