The pics may not be great, but voila: the resident snow buntings! They have discovered my feeders and like to eat the spilled seed. I love these birds. These guys go to the high Arctic to nest and procreate; hard to believe something would consider this area their balmy winter retreat, eh?
Two snow buntings on a grey snowy day...
Then four of them settled down on the garage roof!
The pole thingy in the background is one of the lightning rods on our barn.
Nothing like having a good old clean-up in a snow storm!
The snow buntings mingle around the heated bird bath.
And remember the turkey from the other day who sits in the birdfeeder? We named her "Hillary", after the "American woman who wants it all", as my friend's Mom suggested. Well, Hillary has a new trick. She has decided it's too much effort to haul her carcass up into the birdfeeder, so now when she wants seed, she pulls on the platform until seed spills on the ground!
Note the copious amount of seed on snow around Hillary. My dogs are very pleased, as they love to eat birdseed (which I do NOT encourage!) Hillary is very kind to make it more accessible for them.
And after Hillary drained the feeder the other day, this mourning dove found a new use for it:
Heated bird bath? I've never heard of such a thing!ReplyDelete
~ Wolf Lover Girl
You've never heard of a heated bird bath because you live in the steamy state of Texas, Ms. WLG. :)ReplyDelete
Birds can have a tough time finding water in winter in these northern climes, so a heated birdbath is very helpful to them.
I've always wanted to see snow buntings!! Laughing at that mourning dove - gosh they are lazy things!ReplyDelete
My sister calls mourning doves, Lard-Asses.ReplyDelete
Mo, I literally spit on my keyboard with your comment.ReplyDelete
Pnat... they look so cold. Bless you for giving them warm water. Tell them Robin has lots of warm water.
Oh and I love the Hillary name.
If they were smarter, they wouldn't stop in eastern Ontario on their way south. They'd go all the way to Florida!!ReplyDelete