Sleet and frozen rain on Friday was followed by snow on Saturday and snow is an Event around these parts.
Now Sunday, the first rays of sun touched the meditation circle at 8:30 a.m. this morning. 28°F (-2°C).
A half-hour later sunlight found the garden’s back corner and began waking up the landscape.
Though it looks deserted it actually is filled with avian friends just waiting for me to close the upstairs window and let them get on with eating.
Eastern Bluebird, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal and many other species are visiting the feeders this winter.
Yesterday they were desperately focused on food and were less worried about me taking their picture.
Notice the Eastern towhee under the left edge of the feeder with its black head and back, rufous sides and white breast. It is normal to have one or two Eastern towhee in the garden, scratching and foraging along the ground, and occasionally checking out the feeder.
This weekend I was surprised to see a much larger group of them, maybe 8-10. At every chance they abandoned their traditional rummaging and went for the easy food.
And what is a collection of towhee called, I wondered? A “tangle” or a “teapot.”