Most of the local birds had never seen snow. The birds have to work extra hard to keep fed now that the ground is covered and this Bluebird was having a tough time of it.
The snow had fallen off the limbs leaving these seeds exposed, which was a good start.
The chosen seed, however, just wouldn’t let go of its branch.
Sproing…and the seed was right back where it started. After a couple more tries the bird won.
Ted and I thought we left the snow and cold in New England. Not so. Yesterday was the third snowiest day on record in Charleston, SC with just over 5 inches measured at the airport. We had closer to 6 inches at our house. Not much melted today and we are still being asked to stay at home by the authorities who are stretched to their limit. The really bad part is the cold, with prolonged temps below 20 F (-6 C) we are at risk for frozen pipes as our houses just weren’t built for this.
I suspect that the Bluebirds don’t like it either, but they are a day brightener!
This is another bird that flew in right over my head while I was watching the Great Blue Herons work on their nests. I’m pretty sure it is a Pine Warbler, but there are a number of similar yellow warblers making my ID iffy.
He landed on a strand of hanging Spanish Moss and gave it a couple of pokes.
Not finding anything, he flitted a little further from me,
My view wasn’t as good but he treated me to an acrobatic display.
Secretive is a word that Cornell Lab’s AllAboutBirds uses to describe the behavior of many sparrows. The song birds often keep a layer of branches or undergrowth between them and a would be photographer.
Secretive as he was, zipping in and out of the reeds at the edge of the path along the edge of the old rice field, I did get a few good shots.
The yellow around his eye points to a Savannah Sparrow or a Swamp Sparrow. Or it could be one of the 30 other Sparrow variations listed on their website. On the Song Sparrow listing they say:
Don’t let the bewildering variety of regional differences this bird shows across North America deter you…
I am deterred from proper identification but not the photograph.