|APOD, 17 Nov 10, Masahiro Miyasaka|
We just passed through some of the most difficult weather I can remember, with the north wind howling all evening and night down the Fraser Valley from British Columbia. Last night Bellingham had a gust of 58 mph, but the wind blew constantly at anywhere from 30 to 40 mph, with temperatures hovering in the high teens (-8 C) all night long. I wonder where the birds hang out when it's like that. Certainly they must hide in thick bushes to help protect them from the worst of it. I woke at first light to put out fresh food and broke the ice off the bird bath. I poured hot water in it, which was immediately cold and inserted my trusty birdbath heater. I bought the heater last year during the cold weather and wrote a post about it here.
I was so pleased to find that 16 degrees F and -2 wind chill was not enough to keep my birdies down! They showed up as usual, eating and drinking much more than normal, and they brought all their friends along, too. I spread food exceptionally liberally, not begrudging anyone (including the sparrows) their morning repast. If the squirrels had shown up (which they haven't yet), I would be happy to see them drinking and eating, too. The front porch has been a constant congregation of birds: two kinds of juncos, house sparrows, song sparrows, spotted towhees, chickadees, woodpeckers, flickers, and, of course, my dear goldfinches. Here are a few of them lined up waiting their turn at the feeders:
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