The weather has turned cold and damp. Bone chilling dampness that makes your body hurt all over. I got out my snow boots. I should have gotten out my parka too. Hindsight is twenty twenty or perhaps I am delusional and think it will warm up.
The snow brought out the Juncos to the grass under the feeders. The Blue Jays are passing through too, I hope they don’t stay. Squirrels and Blue Jays can be within a foot of each other and still not be bothered.
There are still a bunch of leaves in the trees.
There is a Red Bellied Woodpecker in that tree.
Our usual birds are still here; Nuthatches, Chickadees and Woodpeckers…Downy, Hairy and Red Bellied.
This is a female Downy Woodpecker…they have a shorter beak than the Hairys.
We put the snow stick up yesterday. We will have some fun with that and have a snow stick contest like last year and the year before. This year the stick has larger numbers…for us older people.
Far Guy got the Wild Gardens all mowed down.
Someone got some snow on his ears. It is that time of year that makes dog owners nervous. The skunks are out. The other night we saw two running along the road and there are sail skunks ( dead as a door nail flatter than a pancake and uber smelly) on the roads…and we all cheer…well Chance would cheer if he could. I take Chance out at night on leash only. Far Guy is braver and goes outside and barks and then takes Chance out off leash. I question that…better safe than sorry I say…but they are males and I am out numbered. It will almost be a relief when we finally get a foot or more of snow on the ground and the skunks go into their semi hibernation state. It will be warmer once the snow blankets the ground too:)