Deep of Winter, new visitors.

We know we are in the deepest, coldest part of winter when the Snow Buntings arrive. They travel in large flocks and usually don’t stay long. It started with 42 on the first day and quickly grew to at least double that by the next. They are beautiful to watch as they swoop as one. Being that they are very jittery it leads to lots of movement from the power lines and surrounding trees into and out of the yard. They drop like little missiles to the seed we throw out to them. We keep them well fed for the couple of days they hang out with us and then they will be gone until next year.

sneaking up on the seed
sneaking up on the seed
Snow Buntings dive to the yard.
Snow Bunting dive bombs to the yard.
42 Snow buntings quickly turned into more than I could count.
42 Snow buntings quickly turned into more than we could count.

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The other side effect of a super cold blast is that our friendly neighborhood Hawk gets more aggressive than normal and looks for breakfast on our covered deck where we feed our regular selection of Blue Jays,  Doves, Starlings, Chickadees, Red Breasted Nuthatch, Goldfinch, Woodpeckers, Crows, Ravens and Squirrels.

He miscalculated a wee bit and slammed into the patio door. It got me out of my chair in a hurry(knitting socks). He freed himself, staggered a bit, let me get a couple of shots then spread his wings and made a sideways,off balanced escape flight. If he would eat something other than the live birds we would gladly put something out for him.

Miscalculated flight plan, stuck on the screen.
Miscalculated flight plan, stuck on the screen.
A little embarrassed he hit the glass door.
A little embarrassed he hit the glass door.

He has the most lovely icicles on either side of his eyes, rather sparkly.

Stunned but he lived to kill another day.
Stunned but he lived to kill another day.

The regulars were quick to return, not as phased as I was at all.

back to normal
back to normal
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