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January 28, 2014

When I came home this afternoon the birds were trying to find some water through the ice on the pond and bell. They weren’t having much luck, so I bundled up and went out to see if I could help a little. A couple of swats with a heavy sledge hammer did the trick then I set up additional watering stations to accommodate the unusually large number birds roosting about watching me. Soon there were hundreds of birds (a migratory flock of robins seemed the most grateful) in the trees surrounding the yard, making water runs then turning themselves into downy puffs to endure the weather.

I went back out with the zoom lens and some of the visitors are shared below (plus an obligatory gourd picture.)











And then there was this little guy. Not a snow dog, within a minute or two he didn’t even want all four paws on the ground. πŸ™‚


9 Comments leave one →
  1. Brent Eamer permalink
    January 29, 2014 8:15 am

    Beautiful pics Bruce. I am seeing the news and the pics are just incredible of the traffic snarls. Atlanta is colder than Prince Edward Island right now. You guys are not use to this. Hope there is no permanent garden damage…

    • January 29, 2014 1:36 pm

      I’m most worried about the two artichoke plants, but they are piled in and hopefully will do OK like last time.

  2. January 29, 2014 2:53 pm

    I’ve never seen so many robins in one place before! What did y’all get, two inches? πŸ˜‰

    We’ve had snow on the ground for the last three weeks and got another dusting last night. Usually you have to go upstate and inland about 30-40 miles to get the Yankee snowline, which is where it basically doesn’t melt all winter, but the snowline has moved south this year.

    • January 29, 2014 4:23 pm

      They were thirsty birds too. I guess the gianormous migratory flocks of both robins and starlings don’t pass through Manhattan too often like the do here….
      We had 2-4 inches depending on who’s measuring and whether or not one happened to be located in one of the lighter or heavier bands. Downtown it was a little under 3 on the solid surfaces. Instantly turned to a slick icy mess

  3. February 1, 2014 7:21 pm

    I absolutely love the photos. I miss winter birds. I grew up in a warmer climate & cardinals were my favorite. The robins leave for the winter.
    We only have magpies that brave the winter up here… oh & pigeons…… that want to hang out in all the wrong places.

    • Brent Eamer permalink
      February 1, 2014 7:35 pm

      Looking at the pictures again Bruce, I had a second look at the Cardinal. We don’t get them in Prince Edward Island, but they have been spotted in southern Nova Scotia. I love the colours. I assume you have Blue Buntings down there?

      • February 2, 2014 12:23 pm

        The bird guides say we do in the summer, but I don’t recall ever seeing them. (Unless I mistook bluebirds for them)

  4. February 19, 2014 10:52 am

    What lovely pictures, I really enjoyed this post.

    • February 19, 2014 12:38 pm

      Thank you. I’d stoll prefer sunshine though. πŸ˜‰

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