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One consequence of the cold that has been gripping our region is that all open water is frozen and the birds have a hard time finding water to drink. I saw a Carolina Chickadee jump on one of our deck railing next to the feeder, and it hesitated for a moment looking at some melted snow.

Carolina Chickadee: “Should I, should I not?”

Then it decided to go ahead and drink. The bird feeder was only a couple feet away but it ignored it.

Carolina Chickadee drinking snow melt.

A Dark-eyed Junco was nearby, perhaps waiting its turn.

Dark-eyed Junco.

Another Dar-eyed Junco  was perched on a magnolia branch, all puffed up like a toy bird.

Dark-eyed Junco.