Although yesterday's snow was only about an inch, we're now battling the ice that formed overnight from melting snow. Besides that, temps are in the teens with a wicked wind. Bird still have to forage and I felt guilty seeing my feathered friends looking for mealworms in the empty feeder. The patio steps are too treacherous to brave, so I suited up and carefully walked a few feet out of the back door to toss mealworms on the frozen birdbath. Within minutes, birds arrived to get a protein packed breakfast. Nice!
I’ve been sad that it seems fewer migratory waterfowl are visiting the lake in the last few years. However things are looking up this winter. The flock of Ring-necked ducks visits regularly along with the Mergansers. Yesterday I was thrilled to see a pair of natty ducks that haven’t visited in a long time—Buffleheads. I wish I had gotten a better picture, but they were far away. These diving ducks breed in Canada and Alaska but winter in the Southern half of the U.S. Georgia is in their winter habitat but I hope our crazy cold weather doesn’t send these beauties packing for Florida!
The frigid temps have taken their toll on the garden. The Camelliaflowers are brown and shriveled and other plants are laying flat on the ground. Meanwhile inside, beautiful Amaryllis blooms ease the dullness of winter. Thanks to a wonderful gift from friends, brilliant color warms my house. The bulbs have seven open blooms, six big buds, and three stalks emerging. I’ll have spring-like flowers throughout the dreary days of winter. Nice!
It’s cold on this holiday, but the birds and animals still have to find food. I was feeling charitable before Christmas and bought a food cake for the squirrels. I noticed that something had been nibbling on it but I never saw a squirrel there. And squirrels aren’t nibblers; those voracious pests would destroy the feeder and devour the cake at one sitting. It was a Red-bellied Woodpecker and a Downy Woodpecker that had been enjoying a new treat. I love the irony—squirrels usually steal the bird’s food now wayward woodpeckers are stealing their food. Don’t you just love nature? Happy New Year from the birds and creatures of Georgia Backyard Nature!
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Eagle Cam 2014 This camera streams the activities of the eagle nest located 110 feet up, in a tree on the grounds of the US FWS National Conservation Training Center in West Virginia.