Digging out has trumped getting out to the park. The 3 foot-high base of a ceramic bird bath stands only inches above the snow in the backyard. Keeping the feeders filled and clean water accessible to the birds, squirrels and nighttime foragers requires diligence.
As I write this, the afternoon sun is muted by haze. A half dozen juncos flit between the ground and young trees along the fence. A chickadee, nuthatch and downy woodpecker vie for chances at the suet cage. A single mourning dove grazes fallen sunflower seed beneath the feeders.
Tomorrow I’ll be paying closer attention and recording counts for the FeederWatch program.