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January 29, 2015 - 9:10am

Wintering songbirds thrive despite the cold

posted by JIM NIGRO in outdoors, nature, songbirds.

Thanks in large part to a constantly filled bird feeder, the Winter of 2015 has seen an abundance of feathered visitors in and around our yard. This cardinal waits on a snow-covered spruce bough between feeding forays.

The smaller birds, like this junco, begin to arrive at first light -- not at sunrise mind you -- but when the first hint of gray light begins to permeate the darkness.   

The blue jays arrive a bit later. After a pit stop in the apple tree to make sure the coast is clear, they will flit back and forth between the tree and the bird feeder....

as does this cardinal.

A trusting sort, the chickadee will occassionaly take seed from your hand.

Not so with the tufted titmouse....it flits about rapidly; It's been difficult to take its picture.

A blue jay in the "crow's nest" of the apple tree. The apple tree is the closest bit of cover to the bird feeder. There are small brambles and thickets just inside the small woods, but the apple tree is usually where all of our "guests" bide their time while waiting a turn at the bird feeder.

Mary K. Lennon
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Last seen: 3 years 8 months ago
Joined: May 10 2012 - 9:30am

Ahhhh.......such nice pics for a gloomy, grey winter morning. Thanks.

Linda LaPorte
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Last seen: 5 months 2 weeks ago
Joined: Jul 11 2011 - 1:57pm

Your narration adds to the beauty of your photos... Thank you! I am always learning something new. Didn't know a chickadee would get so close...I actually have entrusting squirrels that will take food from my hand (something my dog is not to happy about!)

Scott Ogle
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Last seen: 5 years 4 months ago
Joined: Jun 27 2013 - 11:02am

I really enjoy your birds, Jim. Especially Mr Cardinal.

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