Winterland Continues …… Frenzied Feeding Viewed Through the Window

Cardinal and Junco "sharing" black-oiled sunflower seeds.

Cardinal and Junco “sharing” black-oiled sunflower seeds.

Feeder nearly empty but there's a port for each of the cardinals and the junco

Feeder nearly empty but there’s a port for each of the cardinals and the junco

Female cardinal at the recycled solar light "feeder".

Female cardinal at the recycled solar light “feeder”.

We can barely see the seeds.....cardinals and gold finch.

We can barely see the seeds…..cardinals and gold finch.

Downy woodpecker on veranda taking refuge from the snow storm.

Downy woodpecker on veranda taking refuge from the snow storm.

View (or lack of it!) down the driveway.

View (or lack of it!) down the driveway.

Another snowy day. Thank goodness for Jane feeding us!

Another snowy day. Thank goodness for Jane feeding us!

Please make it stop!

Please make it stop!

That's it. I'm gettin' out of here.

That’s it. I’m gettin’ out of here.

It seems to be empty!

It seems to be empty!

Another winter day in Ontario.

Another winter day in Ontario.

Sheltered from the storm ... A branch under a snow drift.

Sheltered from the storm … A branch under a snow drift.

We have to tolerate one another on days like this!

We have to tolerate one another on days like this!

Finally, the wind's died down. Female cardinal at the home-made feeder.

Finally, the wind’s died down. Female cardinal at the home-made feeder.

First sighting of a starling since the Fall.

First sighting of a starling since the Fall.

Let it snow...NO. Please stop!

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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About janewalkerscards

Jane Walker is a Newcastle photographer who creates framed photographs, photo trays and matted greeting cards reflecting the beauty of nature and gardens. Her recent interest in birds, owls and other wildlife is now being reflected in her posts. As a member of the Oshawa Camera Club, Jane has started to enter some of her photos for judging and appreciates the critiques by the judges. You'll be surprised at what shows up under the guise of "janewalkerscards".
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21 Responses to Winterland Continues …… Frenzied Feeding Viewed Through the Window

  1. Nancy Coffey says:

    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.

  2. Tim Thorington says:

    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…

    Sent from Tim’s iPad

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  3. Andrea Higgins says:

    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

    Sent from my iPhone

    • 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.

  4. ginettepurser says:

    Great pics! Tks

    Sent from my iPhone

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  5. Jacquie Cook says:

    really beautiful photos, Jane, love the bluejay in the snow and, of course, all the cardinals.

    Jacquie

  6. 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.

  7. judy says:

    Hi Jane
    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.

    Judy

    • 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.

  8. Gloria Tuerk says:

    Jane

    The pictures are spectacular. Thank you soooo much for sharing.

    Take care

    Gloria

  9. Jocelyne says:

    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 🙂

  10. Meho says:

    Wonderful birds! The lady Cardinal is so nice!

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