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Friday, January 31, 2014

Winter Weather Confusion


This winter we have seen some crazy swings in the temperatures.  This past Monday the temps were in the 60’s and then Tuesday we got about 2” of combined ice and snow with the temps dropping into the mid 20’s Tuesday night.



When we woke up and started our day Wednesday, the highs got up to around 34 with the temps plummeting down to 6 degrees Wednesday night.  Obviously, nothing thaws at 6 degrees.



With all this snow Gerri and I made sure our birds had plenty of food and they enjoyed their snacks.


This woodpecker was enjoying his fill of shelled peanuts.  Of course we had plenty cardinals around to partake.




Today the temps are climbing into the mid 50’s and will be almost 70 on Sunday.  What a transition.


  1. I got chills just looking at those photos...burrrrrr!

    I think seeing a male cardinal in the snow is breath taking. They are so very lovely.

  2. Your photos remind me so much of winters at home in Bayfield. Shoveling a path to the bird feeders to fill them each day & enjoying the multitude of birds coming in. Cardinals, Blue Jays, Juncos, etc. Always fascinating to just sit & watch the birds in the snow. and always a good feeling inside knowing we were helping out our little feathered friends......

  3. Looks a lot like our part of the world. Still lots of ice in our yard this morning. As you mentioned, 70 degrees tomorrow, so hopefully it will all be gone, soon.

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  5. Great header photo! Now that you've had your winter, maybe it will stay nice until spring? ;-)

  6. ...And I thought we had it bad here in South Texas.....You folks and Jerry and Wanda have had it a lot worse...thinking Sharon and west of Atlanta also got hit pretty bad...GREAT Cardinal shots... they do need their "bird seed"...good on you! Time for you Guys to plate up a bowl of Hot Chili...Take care my Friends...Horst sends

  7. Yep, this has been a doozy of a Winter, even here in Texas..sleet, ice, wind...I feel like I'm back in Illinois! It is beginning to get warmer here now, I hope it stays awhile.

  8. Brrrrr...glad you have some warmer temperatures headed your way. Love your bird pictures.

  9. Having a 70 degree day after that horribly cold weather sounds like finding El Dorado to me!

    We are going to be warming up a bit, too, but are also in line for rain.

    I don't know why it never occurred to me to put up bird feeders in the winter. But when I see your photos -- and others -- with lovely little birds gracing the snow, it's definitely something I will plan to do!

    So good to see a post from you again!

  10. Cardinals! Beautiful! I live in Southern California we don't have Cardinals here. Thanks for the pictures :)


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