Like much of the northern tier of the United States, my little corner of southeast Michigan has been in the deep-deep freeze for nearly a week now. With wind chills between -20 and -25, schools were closed Thursday and Friday, meaning I had a couple days off work. It has been awhile since I’ve had the opportunity to sit in front of my living room window with my camera, so I made good use of my two days off. I also spent a lot of time going out in the cold to replenish all the bird food, making sure my feathered friends had plenty of fuel to help keep them warm.
None of these photos are particularly great or striking, but they are examples of my daily visitors these frigid winter days.
One of my favorite photos from Thursday is this lovely blue jay, all fluffed up in the cold.
This blue jay – though the photo is not as good – looks like he feels the same about the weather as the rest of us. 🙂
The cardinals have been a bit sparse since we took out all the brush out front. I was pleased to see this guy visiting, even if this is not a stellar photo.
We took our living room Christmas tree (9 ft) out front to provide a bit of cover for the birds over the winter. The sparrows have been making the most of it!
I always love the little downy woodpeckers. The smudge/blurry area in this photo is from something on the outside of the window. I finally got brave enough to go out and try to clean the outside of the glass and guess what — Windex freezes at 20 below zero!!! LOL Then I really had a heck of a time getting the window clean.
This white-breasted nuthatch is for Mr. Tootlepedal.
There were also plenty of goldfinches and house finches.
I took more photos on Friday and I am posting a gallery of this lovely little lady (female cardinal) who came for a late-afternoon snack. Of all the pictures I took over the two days, I’m proudest of these, as I did no post-processing or editing to them at all. I would love to claim some sort of skill, but for now it is still just dumb luck when I get a few really good photos. (And compared to the other blogs I follow, these really are nothing, but my facebook friends all oohed and ahhed over them! 🙂 )
Click on any photo in the gallery to see an enlargement.
I have begun my Big Bird List for 2015 and it’s been a slow start due to the weather. I only have 15 species so far, but to be honest I haven’t been trying very hard. I have set a modest goal of 100 species for the year. We have seen several hawks that I have not been able to add to my list due to the inability to identify them with confidence. I figure I have 11 more months to get 85 more species!
I hope you have enjoyed my winter bird visitors. God bless and stay warm!!