Sharing some back yard activity that I’ve recorded over the past couple of truly frigid, snowy days. All of these were taken from inside the house. It’s too darn cold to go outside! Though not very good quality images, I hope you will enjoy. You may click any of them to view larger.
Evening meal at the bird feeder as the snowfall begins
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Cold and hungry
However, neighbor’s dogs came out and started barking, and off went the cat without a meal.
November 17, 2014
Frosty Monday night sunset
November 18, 2014
Three Blue Jays and a varmint having breakfast
Woodpecker keeping tabs on Mr. Blue Jay
Varmint being cute
Then these two in the foreground showed up with all their kin
Kin up in the ‘family tree’
A few more on the neighbor’s fence
Then a few more arrive
and even more
I think Alfred Hitchcock lives nearby
It’s a European Starling family reunion!
Enter, Predator #2
Cooper’s Hawk, I believe
Cropped a bit closer
And a bit closer
And for the final surprise of the day
I looked outside a while later and saw this round green thing and thought, “Why is there a tennis ball in our yard?”
It’s not a tennis ball but what appears to be a green parakeet!
I am concerned for this green bird. It’s not one we typically see around here and I wonder if it was someone’s pet that somehow got loose. It’s been unseasonably cold and today our temperatures ranged from 9 degrees Fahrenheit, wind chill of minus 8 at 7:00 this morning, to a whopping 17 degrees Fahrenheit, wind chill of 5 degrees at 7:00 this evening.
What a difference from a year ago, November 17, 2013.