Cardinal and Junco “sharing” black-oiled sunflower seeds.
Feeder nearly empty but there’s a port for each of the cardinals and the junco
Female cardinal at the recycled solar light “feeder”.
We can barely see the seeds…..cardinals and gold finch.
Downy woodpecker on veranda taking refuge from the snow storm.
View (or lack of it!) down the driveway.
Another snowy day. Thank goodness for Jane feeding us!
Please make it stop!
That’s it. I’m gettin’ out of here.
It seems to be empty!
Another winter day in Ontario.
Sheltered from the storm … A branch under a snow drift.
We have to tolerate one another on days like this!
Finally, the wind’s died down. Female cardinal at the home-made feeder.
First sighting of a starling since the Fall.
Let it snow…NO. Please stop!
When I awoke yesterday morning, there was no doubt that the weather forecast had again been accurate. It was snowing and blowing and visibility here on the farm was almost zero.
My computer is situated close to our front door and just in front of the porch I have a few bird feeders and hanging seed bells. As I sat there I was amazed to see so many birds …… male and female cardinals, blue jays, doves, gold finches, chickadees, a downy woodpecker, a hairy woodpecker, numerous juncos, a starling, and a tree sparrow. Birds which normally will not share feeders seemed willing to tolerate one another as the storm swirled the light snow around them.
From experience, I know that the minute I approach my feeders that most of the feathered visitors leave until I’m back in the house. I decided to try taking photos through the windows of the 2 doors. I knew that they wouldn’t be very good quality but that they would “tell a story”. Above are some of the better photos.
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I love the mood you have captured with the snow The photos with the bird bath are especially beautiful. Maybe having to shoot through the windows was a good thing!
I bought the feeder from Corrine at Brookside Cottage. She makes them and also has classes to show others how to make them.(905) 263-4285. I love the concrete feeders.
“Shooting” through the windows is a great “excuse” for photos that aren’t sharp. They did create a special mood.
Thanks for sharing. It is quite the winter.. I think I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Walking out of work each day it seems like the days are getting longer…
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Well Tom, the days are getting longer but the snow is getting deeper! It snowed here again today!
Just wanted to let you know you take beautiful pictures. Do you have any recommendations for the squirrels? Each time I fill my feeders the squirrels are at them and the food is gone And suggestions would be greatly appreciated
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Thank you for your positive comment. About the squirrels…..we actually don’t have that many so I just call it “collateral damage” and buy some extra seed. Many of my bird feeding friends have the same problem as you seem to. I’m afraid that I can’t help you with your little critters.
Great pics! Tks
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Glad you liked them. I appreciate hearing from you.
Thanks, Ginette. Glad you liked them.
really beautiful photos, Jane, love the bluejay in the snow and, of course, all the cardinals.
Yes, seeing so many cardinals here at the farm has been the “up side” of this real winter.
Thanks for responding.
Even through all this snow, wind etc. they still come out to eat. A beautiful sight for all to enjoy. Thank you for sharing a glimpse of mother natures wonder.
You seem to have a great knack yourself for “finding” the wonders of mother nature.
I hope that my readers will click on your name to see your wonderful owl, bird and rural photos.
I am so sick of wind and snow!!!! I am having a case of the winter blues.
Your photos are a real treat to view. It amazes me how hardy these little birds are. Nature sure is mind boggling. (spelling)
Keep up the good work.
I think we are all tiring of winter even though there is a beautiful side to it. I can’t wait for spring. It will be so welcome to feel some warm breezes and watch the greenery reappear when it finally warms up.
The pictures are spectacular. Thank you soooo much for sharing.
Glad you liked them. Thanks for taking the time to comment.
I so love these photos Jane ! Taking them through the window gave them a beautiful softness that I really love. Photos taken when it’s snowing always have that softness and I love the atmosphere of a snowy cloudy day. Very beautiful Jane 🙂
Wonderful birds! The lady Cardinal is so nice!
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