It's cloudy today with snow flurries and the temperature reaching 31 degrees by 2:00 p.m. I'm looking forward to the warm up the next couple of days when the temperature may reach a high of 47 degrees! That will feel like spring after the long cold spell of the past week.
Northern Cardinal January 8, 2010
This female Northern Cardinal hid in the burning bush (a non-native loved by bees and the birds) while a sharp-shinned hawk was nearby. The hawk was in an oak limb above the feeder just waiting for the birds to come back. The birds in the surrounding trees and shrubs froze until the hawk flew off.
Fox Sparrow January 9, 2010
This Fox Sparrow fluffed his feathers to keep warm the other morning. I counted 6 fox sparrows below the feeder the other day, vigorously digging in the soil. These birds are easy to spot because they're larger than the white-throated sparrow, also a winter visitor. They will migrate later this spring to the boreal forests of Alaska and Canada. So, I guess they think it's summer here in Virginia.