Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Day 40 - 9th February 2016 - Ice, Goldfinches, Purple Finches and a Junco

The wind has died out this morning but still a few flurries. Not sure how much snow we actually got - maybe not quite as much as they called for. It seems nearly bare in places and drifts in others but may be better able to tell once daylight arrives. I'll go for a tramp around and see how things look. Perhaps something exciting may arrive at feeders today - I'm hoping for Redpolls. 
The storm started around noon time, although the wind had been blowing all morning. Walking was terrible with that nor'easter at your face. Lexi of course was quite happy once we made our second trip in the afternoon with the snow.  By late afternoon visibility was nearly nil. The feeders were busy all day - about 30 Goldfinches, 1/2 dozen Purple Finches, Song Sparrow, White-Throated Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, Chickadees, 6 Juncos, Mourning Doves, Blue Jays and a White-Breasted Nuthatch. It was a good day to stay inside and work on projects.
Ice balls around the grasses bobbed in the wind on the lake.
A Hydrangea drifted in the water, blown from the bush by the wind. 
Goldfinches and Purple finches filled the feeders.
Juncos and  a few Goldfinches are happier feeding on the ground.

Enjoy your day!

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