So I took a stroll around the yard.
Even the Pileated Woodpecker is frozen.
Some of the birdhouses keep the birds warm all winter as they pile on top of one another for warmth and protection from the elements. Just at dusk, this house used by the bluebirds in summer, is flocked with chickadees in winter. It's great to know they have a refuge.
This snowed under house on the side of the deck is used in summer only as a playhouse for the red squirrels as they play Chase and Hide and Seek.
The apple tree has a small tattered A-Frame house that I was pleased to see a family of Chickadees make their home the past two summers. They were well protected under the leaves of the tree with an east facing door to welcome the sunrise.
The stump from a maple that the wind tore down 3 summers ago houses downy woodpeckers in summer. Something stays here in winter but the hole faces the north away from my view in the evening, so I'm still not sure what stays there. There are no tracks in the snow, it never has snow on its doorway, so it must be something of flight. Any one have a clue?
Here is Mrs. Robin's nest from last summer....she or one of her brood will return and make a new nest, always in this same Pine.
Last year was the first year this old gourd house was used. It housed the chattiest House Wren couple. I walk near this tree to get my mail each day and they always let me know that they are keeping an eye on me. They are a nervous but very curious, brown striated, tiny bird. I was delighted they showed themselves once in awhile. When they aren't all hot and bothered, they sing a beautiful song.
This bluebird house is used year-round also. This one too, has chickadees stay the winter.
Being too low to the ground for the liking of most songbirds, I perched this house on the works of this old 8 ft. inverted satellite dish that I plant flowers in each spring. Last year the blue house looked cool with the orange Calif. Poppies, Blue Cornflower, and a few Bluebells that the birds planted.
That's all folks. Til next time I bid you all
Blessings From God