Yes, it's cold outside!
The weather shifted nearly 30F. degrees when the cold front rolled in from out west.
It's such a good thing that the Ruby Throated Hummingbirds flew south, leaving their untended nests under the weight of the coming snow.
I would suppose I should take down that last Hummer-feeder. I cannot believe I forgot it. It is quite stunning against the snow, don't you think? It will brighten these coming long winter days.
With the cold, it is still snowing hard, a l l d a y l o n g !!!
At least it's the ' fluffy ' stuff.
Our favorite Black-Capped Chickadees are filling their bellies to keep them warm. Did you know they will use a bird nest box all winter long, one piled on another, to keep from the cold winds.
Pretty smart little perching birds.
And look who showed up yesterday and all day today. The Pine Grossbeaks are home again. I haven't seen them for at least 4-5 years. What a welcome sight. I need to get them some nuts.
Blanket, anyone? The trees are well insulated.
The windy evening air is enough to make this female Pine Grossbeak fluff her feathers for her protection. Birds amaze me~~~such resilience.
When the snow stops, it will be deere John's turn to get busy again...only this time, pushing snow rather than plowing. Then he goes under storage for the winter while Blue takes over pushing snow and making snow forts.
Winter has begun, whether we like it or not. It's time for me to deal with it once again. Until next time,
stay warm and safe. And