Snow Upon Snow: Cold, Snowy Continuum at the Home Front

It seems like it will never stop snowing. And it’s generally been too cold to stay outside for very long. I am not good with the camera if I’m wearing gloves, let alone mittens. So several of these photographs were taken from the porch through the screened windows.

The first significant snowfall – it was still January.

Two pairs of Northern Cardinals have been hanging out in the yard regularly. It’s always nice to see them. They tend to show up as a group later in the day when they are less visible to predators. Or at least I think that’s their strategy.

I don’t seem to see the woodpeckers as often but was able to capture this Downy through the kitchen window when he showed up on a sunnier day.

The one day last week when it wasn’t prohibitively cold, I went out to take a few pictures and found this American Tree Sparrow in the snow next to the dogwood.

One morning when I was in the kitchen I spotted the reason for the lack of birds in the yard – a Cooper’s Hawk enjoying its meal way down at the end of the fence by the alley. I couldn’t determine what it was eating with my binoculars but it stayed a long time to finish its meal. There is so much snow it wasn’t possible to walk back there after it left to see what the remains looked like either. I had to take pictures through the window as I would have immediately flushed the hawk if I had stepped outside onto the stairs.

My most frequent and numerous visitors are House Sparrows. I think there are often upwards of 50 at a time.

I’ve had more American Goldfinches too since I replaced the old nyjer with a fresh supply. The one sunny day I was out for a few minutes gave me the opportunity to photograph the bird below.

Through the porch window, goldfinches on the thistle socks.

I sometimes see a Black-capped Chickadee in the yard when I go out to fill the feeders, and I have seen some House Finches and Dark-eyed Juncos, but I haven’t been able to photograph them. I haven’t seen Mourning Doves very often. Sadly they are likely victims of the Cooper’s Hawks.

I don’t know when I’ll be going back to the Portage or walking anywhere else for that matter. It may not be for a couple weeks. I have managed to dig out my car in between snowstorms and go swimming twice a week. I have also been walking a mile to the train to go into the office a couple times a week. This schedule will likely continue. I am looking forward to my first dose of the vaccine next Monday. Beyond all that, my next post will feature the birds inside the house as we have some new, cute kids.

14 thoughts on “Snow Upon Snow: Cold, Snowy Continuum at the Home Front

    • That sums it up exactly. I can’t even believe how high it’s piled up where I haven’t shoveled. I hope the predicted warmup happens next week. Stuck inside has taken on yet another meaning.

  1. You have more birds than the Portage! Save yourself a trip! I don’t like the snow anymore. It’s nice to see a bunch of birds together. Thank you, Lisa, take care. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • The House Sparrows roost all over the neighborhood in evergreen shrubs. They are a mighty presence. Even if a third of them don’t make it through the winter there’s still a lot of them! Thanks, H.J. You take care too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. That first photo of the American Tree Sparrow is stunning.It has an almost painterly feel. Wow!

    Iโ€™ve been through winters such as yours and I sympathize. The romance of snow wears off quickly.

    • Hi Ann! Thanks so much for checking in… Yeah, the romance does wear off quickly doesn’t it? I spent almost 2 hours shoveling and moving my car to the other side of the street this morning. Running out of places to put the stuff. But that didn’t stop me from pulling out my cell phone to take a picture or two. Stay safe and warm! ๐Ÿ™‚

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