Another 8 inches…

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.


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