February Snow and Birds

Northern Cardinal (Male), maybe Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)

Northern Cardinal (Male), maybe Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)

This is my 500th post!

Snow today was a big surprise this morning when my husband brought me a cup of coffee and opened the window blind. Some parts of the US are measuring snow in feet this year, but we had about 3 inches—maybe 3-5 inches more tomorrow night.

Most schools in the area cancelled classes due to unsafe road conditions. The local garden club follows the school schedule for inclement weather, so our monthly meeting was also cancelled today. That left my morning free to enjoy the snow falling and watching the birds vying for position at and around the feeders.

Brown Thrasher

Brown Thrasher

I had to run out first thing to fill both feeders, which have been quite the popular hangouts lately.

Eastern Towhee

Eastern Towhee

It is frustrating to try to get good images of the birds with my camera but there was such a gathering of species I could not resist trying. This video gets off to a slow start, but eventually shows a few of today’s visitors, starting with an Eastern Bluebird.

27 thoughts on “February Snow and Birds

  1. P&B

    A lot of lovely members of the flock you have there. Are you being robbed by the rats in fur coats as well? We have plenty of them up here and they are very cleaver and undeterred by any obstacles.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Pris. The squirrels haven’t been too bad lately. They can’t get into these feeders but they do learn to jump up on top a byway because when they fall off some seeds will shake to the ground.

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  2. Julie

    Congratulations! Thats a lovely post to celebrate your 500th post Susie, even if it was snowy. I loved your video, watching birds is so relaxing. Hope the snow does not last to long though.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks for watching my little home movie Julie. I had some more interesting birds to share but editing the footage became such a time sync I just stuck with that one clip.

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  3. Marian St.Clair

    Hooray for 500! I’ve always heard that bluebirds don’t visit feeders, but I’ve seen them take seed the last two years. By the way, I drove through that snow yesterday, traveling home from a quick trip to see my mom in Virginia. Looks like we might get more tonight. And then, praise be, a warming trend. Maybe spring will come at last.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Marian. I’ve heard that too about bluebirds but they’ve always been happy to use ours especially during winter. And they will not think twice about pushing the cardinals out of their way. Glad you made it home safely from VA. My sister at Cherry Grove said they had bad ice. Oh, the promise of spring.

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  4. Christina

    Congratulations on your 500th post. How long have you been blogging Susie? I’m sure the birds appreciate all the attention especially with snow. Lovely images. I’ll watch the video when I get home to the pc.

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  5. bittster

    “500, but who’s counting? Thankfully, WordPress is” -haha, I loved that!
    Congratulations, and a nice milestone for the start of a new gardening year 🙂
    I’m surprised by the variety of birds which come to your feeder. The towhee and thrasher are cool to have, but the bluebirds and the little warblers in the video are a surprise! Nice.

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  6. Stephi

    Congrats on your 500th post. That’s quite an accomplishment. One benefit of the bad weather is we’re all hanging out watching the birds. Thank goodness for the birds.

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