We have some nasty, evil weather today - freezing rain. We got a nice 3 inches of light, fluffy snow on Friday, but I didn't have the opportunity to get out in it for photos. It's been melting little by little since then, and now the freezing rain has made a mess; there's a coating of ice on everything. Not a day for being out wandering around, so all of today's photos were shot from inside.
A month ago when we got our first good snow (read about it here) I noticed that the snow was covering the seed in the feeders, especially on the flat feeder. So I bought two more squirrel baffles from work to use as weather shields over the feeders, and they've worked great in the snows since. And today they're performing the same service, as well as providing shelter along with the dining service. They're proving to be scenic, too, with the icicles hanging off the edges.
This time I'm not seeing any Cardinals, but, thankfully, neither am I seeing the pestilent House Sparrows and Starlings. Instead, the feeding station seems to have become a hangout for White-throated Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos. Now, these are normally ground-feeding birds, and even in today's weather some are still feeding on the spillage beneath the station. But I've been catching them feeding up in the feeders, too. Obviously the shelter of the baffles is providing an extra, appreciated feature if even ground feeders are taking advantage of it.
Even though I haven't gone out into the cold and wet, the weather makes me feel the need for a hot, hearty meal. Supper tonight will be homemade lentil soup. Mmmmmmm!
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