This morning, I went out on the deck and took pictures of the early birds that came for breakfast. Some looked very young, and they may be this year’s fledglings.
Last week, heavy and wet snow fell, blanketing everything with a thick white coat while reducing light and visibility. Many birds still came to the feeder in our backyard, especially Dark-eyed Juncos which seemed impervious to the elements. There was one Carolina Chickadee that took a brief time-out under the magnolia branches heavily laden with snow. Here are two versions of the same photo, one in color and the other in black and white.
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.
Then it decided to go ahead and drink. The bird feeder was only a couple feet away but it ignored it.
A Dark-eyed Junco was nearby, perhaps waiting its turn.
Another Dar-eyed Junco was perched on a magnolia branch, all puffed up like a toy bird.
In the end we only got 4 inches (10 cm) of snow as it was too warm and the storm started out as rain spattering on our roof in the middle of the night. Our feathered friends gathered around the feeder and tried to make the best of it.