Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Let Them Eat... Snow!



What's a bird to eat in the middle of winter but snow.
At least, that's what it must look like to our backyard birds.

This Common Redpoll is chatting up the bronze rooster atop the feeder,
asking him how to get at the seeds,



(probably wondering why he's not getting any answers.)

Hmmm, no luck with this feeder either.




Oh well, might as well eat...   Snow!
That's what the other birds are eating.

The Dark-eyed Junko (bottom right) has a beak full :)


Finally, a feeder with a little more nuts than snow :)

38 comments:

  1. Hello Rosemarie,
    What a nice pictures of the Linnet on the perch! 1
    you have fine-scheduled hearing, here is no more snow so we can enjoy the snow with you!
    Thanks for your nice comment on my blog!
    regards, Annie
    http://anniezon.blogspot.nl/

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    1. Thank you Annie, I'm glad you can enjoy our snow without the cold temperatures :)

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  2. Perky little birds, so sweet. I find it difficult with the snow to keep the bird feeders clear and stop it making the nuts and seeds soggy. I am just about to bring mine in a give them a good clean and a refill. It is a hard life for the birds in the winter.

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    1. I agree with you Rosemary, I felt bad once I saw the photos and realized the birds couldn't get to the seeds :( It does seem like a hard life for them but they remain ever cheerful.

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  3. Hahaha!
    How can you be so nasty to these poor birds!!!
    But at last you had pity! LOL!
    You can keep the snow, but our temperatures are soaring dramatically to 17°C and most the wild birds are snobbing my garden! :(
    Not a real winter yet although we are getting from you the low pressure systems, one after the other...!!
    Cheers Rosemary, and keep well!

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    1. I did feel mean Noushka, I didn't notice the snow until after I saw the pictures :( But I have since chipped it all away. Enjoy the warm weather!

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  4. Hello Rosemary what a beautiful pictures of the redpoll, the last one is my favorite.
    Greetings Irma

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    1. Thank you Irma, these birds are new to my feeders and I am really enjoying them :)

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  5. Great to have found your blog (thanks to Willy)and even with excellent pictures of our circumpolar Redpolls.

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    1. Hello Kees, nice to meet you and thanks for your visit. I'm glad that we have Willy in common, I love his blog!

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  6. Keep feeding them Rosemary so you can still enjoy them!

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    1. Yes Willy, they are so nice to continue visiting my feeders even though they are packed with snow!

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  7. Niektóre karmniki wisiały chyba tylko dla ozdoby ogrodu, a nie służyły ptakom. Pozdrawiam.
    Some feeders hanging ornaments except only for the garden and the birds did not serve. Yours.

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    1. Yes Giga I must be better at keeping them snow-free :)

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  8. You are kind to remember to feed them. Great pictures!

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    1. Thanks Lisa, they make the winter fly by with their cheerful visits :)

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  9. Lovely bird pictures Rosemary.....well done.

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  10. I've often wondered what things eat out in the wild. Poor little things! I also wonder if their toes get cold!

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    1. It has been very cold here and I can't imagine how they face such harsh conditions when they are so tiny and unprotected. That's one of the reasons I put out feeders, although I have to do a much better job of keeping them clean :)

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  11. You have the cutest prettiest little birds in your snowcovered garden! O snow! Miss it already.... All the snow has been washed away by enormous amounts of rain here. Almost unbelievable when you come to think of it. The snow only a far memory.
    Love your beautiful birdfeeders of all sorts and shapes!
    Gorgeous pictures Rosemary! G O R G E O U S pictures!!!!
    Bye,
    Marian

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    1. Thank you Marian, like you I shall miss the snow when it goes. I find companies are becoming very creative with feeder shapes and designs. I have to stop myself from buying them all :) I love these little red-capped cuties too!

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    1. Thank you, I love them too. They make the winter (and summer) so cheerful!

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  13. Hallo Rosemary,

    wat een geweldig mooi vogeltje is dat barmsijsje toch ook.
    Je hebt hem dan ook weer heel mooi vastgelegd.
    Al sneeuwetend en is nou dat haantje het hof aan het maken hihi......

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    1. Thank you Helma, this bird is new to my feeders and I think it is very cute as well :)

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  14. I guess your little friends were waiting for a chinook (Indian for 'snoweater').

    Nice shots.

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    1. Hi Rick, it they're waiting for a chinook, they're going to have to wait a looooong time! Still in the land of ice and snow over here :) They are indeed my "little friends."

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  15. Visit your lovely birds.
    They have a lot of good food.
    Winter and snow at your guests.
    For me, the snow disappears ... only for a moment.
    Have a nice evening.
    Yours.
    Lucia

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    1. Thank you Lucia, they have a lot of food but they will have to peck through the snow to get it! Have a great day.

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  16. Awwwww, this is awesome. Beautiful feathered friends and snow :)

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    1. Thanks, I think it's awesome too, they are my favourite outdoor friends :)

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  17. Awww..such a sweet tale and beautifully illustrated!
    You are one great story teller Rosemary :)
    Love those cute birdies and you shot them well.
    Are those nuts the same ones in your previous post (before winter)?

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    1. Thank you Ash, these little birds are the cutest! I always have the same seeds out all year round, safflower seeds (for the cardinals), niger (for the finches), peanuts (for the woodpeckers) and sunflower seeds for everyone else.

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  18. Rosemary,nice photos and cute Red-poll's thoughts! Thank you for translating them!

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    1. Thank you Nadezda, I often imagine what they are thinking and saying, although I am probably wrong :)

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  19. Such adorable birds and I love the tale spun around the birds and their food, makes it even more cute :)

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  20. Hello Arti, nice to meet you. I'm lucky to have these birds coming to visit me :)

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Thank you so much for your kind words :)

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