Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Icy Morning and Feathered Friends

Yesterday morning we woke up to this.  The day before it snowed and then today it snowed again.  Ours was a milder snow than other areas in the country, only about two inches.  


I refilled the bird feeders, tossed out the peanuts and filled the water dish.  I was reminded to get a heated bird bath because it didn't take too long for the water to freeze.











The first birds to come to breakfast were the Blue Jays......











and the Tufted Titmouse.













There was also a Red-bellied Woodpecker and a Carolina Wren, but I didn't get photos of them.  They were too fast for me.


The ice disappeared later on in the day.  When I poked my head outside the constant drip, drip, drip caused me to think it was raining but it was the melt-down.  Hopefully the snow won't hang around very long either.

29 comments:

Karen said...

Oh what a sweet little bird that Titmouse is! Great shots Denise!

Elephant's Child said...

How exquisitely beautiful. Inconvenient, but beautiful. Thank you.

Carole M. said...

it is so interesting to see the stark contrasts of our seasons. Here is blue skies, nudging 30 degrees c, cicadas are singing, heard a kookaburra a while ago, and a magpie was parked under a shrub from the sun for a while 'camping' chortling a delightful song. How very interesting too that you can get 'heated birdbaths'. Are they heated by battery maybe?

TexWisGirl said...

glad the ice didn't hang on too long. the birds are happy for your help. :)

Kay said...

These are such extraordinary photos, Denise. The icicles on the branches look like crystals. It's so beautiful and magical.

Cloudia said...

You delight the birds and US!

ALOHA to YOU, dear D
from Honolulu
Comfort Spiral
=^..^= <3
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Brian King said...

These are beautiful with the ice! We got ice like that, too. Some of the birds had a hard time gripping the branches.

Our photos said...

Your ice and birds photos are nice!

Rose ~ from Oz said...

Ah, your "cool" header and even "cooler" images cooled me right down - 98.5 here today! Seriously though beautiful captures and the rock squirrel images in your previous post are just exquisite!

gigihawaii said...

It sure is wonderful how you always come up with photos. Keep it up, Denise.

diane b said...

It makes for pretty photos but I don't think I would like it that cold. love your clever header.

eileeninmd said...

Cute shots of your birds, I am sure they are loving the peanuts. The ice is awful, I wish ours would go away. Stay warm, have a happy day!

Valerie said...

*smiling* ... who reminded you to get a heated bird bath? Just wondering!

Great pictures, Denise. It's freezing cold here in the UK but no sign of snow yet.

Jane and Chris said...

The expression on the Titmouse's face looks as though he's had a shock! Probably the ice under his little feet.
Jane x

EG CameraGirl said...

The ice looks pretty but TREACEROUS!

Willow said...

I love watching the wild birds at the feeders. Great shots , the ice look so pretty. It is hard in that cold weather though isn't it.

Gail Dixon said...

How these little ones survive in these frigid temps is a miracle. The ice "designs" are so cool!

Don Wood said...

been watching the birds out of our back window for the last few days, glad to see you look after them Denise the poor little fellows need it with your cold weather.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautiful .. the dripping ice is jewel-like. So good of you to take care of the birds.

Adam said...

great shots of the winter birds

Em Parkinson said...

What absolutely gorgeous photos. I'll be doing some pinterest work later!

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

You were lucky. News reports we heard said some parts of VA got 5." Love your shots of Timothy Tit mouse here for his winter vacation. Got them, and their near cousins, the 'Black Capped' Chickadees here too. The southern Chickadees will return next spring.

Dianne

Mary said...

Wow, all these ice! Fascinating shots! And the birds ... wonderful!

Lui said...

Oh my Denise that looks really cold! I am glad you are feeding the birds and saw the squirrels and hawk in your other posts!

I dream of having tea with you too. So this week I had tea and cupcake and imagining us in animated talk ;-)

George said...

You got some wonderful pictures of the icy tree branches. I'm glad you are taking care of the feathered visitors to your feeders. Our feeders have been very busy during this cold snap.

Michelle said...

Precious pictures of the titmouse!

Kerri Farley said...

LOVE your icy shots....and your header!!

Linda Gross said...

You have jewelry (crystals) hanging on your branches; great pictures!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Ice does make some some beautiful images on bare tree branches, Denise. I did not great success taking frost photos earlier this week, so enjoyed your results. The birds have also been busy at our feeders, including jays and tufted titmouse and lots of cardinals as there were 5 assorted males and females this week.