Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Somedays it's just too cold to eat

It was wicked cold today!
Even the little White-throated Sparrow above
is all fluffed up to stay warm.


There must have been several dozen 
titmice, juncos, finches, doves and chickadees 
yesterday at the feeders.  
But not so much today.
They probably knew it was going to be too cold
to leave their warm spots.


This image of the male Red-bellied Woodpecker above is from last year this time.
He was a frequent feeder and I rarely, if ever, 
saw his mate, below.

But this winter, the only red-bellied Woodpecker coming around are two females.  
I never see the male any longer.
It could be due to this guy below.

Remember a couple of months ago when I chased down the hawk in my backyard 
who had the woodpecker in his clutches?!!
The hawk finally let the woodpecker go and both flew off.  
I thought the male had survived!  
I was so happy.

But I guess the male must have had too many injuries.  
And now, only the females feed from my backyard.  
I hope they stay alert.
This 'cycle of life' thing really sucks sometimes!

~ ~ ~


40 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

love the 'puffer fish' sparrow and the sharp-eyed hawk! may they never 'meet'. :)

Lisa Gordon said...

They are adorable, Reena, and the second photo is absolutely gorgeous.

High temp of 7 here in NY today, and not a bird in sight. :-(

Brian Miller said...

it is nature you know...for such a cold day you still caught lots of life and color....really cold here as well...and snow coming friday! woot!

Barbara Shallue said...

Such great photos, and I agree about the cycle of life thing! Poor little woodpecker!!

Gail said...

Color and class...great photos.

grammie g said...

Hi Reena ...I like Teresa's comment, it does look pretty puffy cute!!
I just did a post on the Titmouse.. cute shot : ),and that woodpecker I just love it's red head
I guess everyone has to eat, survival
is the name of the game, but it does suck!!
Grace

Country Girl said...

Yep - it's a cold one out there. But honestly, it's about time, sorry to say. It really didn't seem like winter until now.
Love your birds, Reena.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, they're so beautiful and they do look SO cold!! How fortunate they are to have you, Reena! Such terrific captures! I do agree with you, the "cycle of life" does indeed suck sometimes!

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

love how they puff up their feathers. so cute. stay warm. ( :

Gillian Olson said...

That little sparrow all puffed up is precious; as Tex says I hope there are no encounters with the hawk.

Saun said...

That is so sad great shots!

Evelyn S. said...

Is is cold everywhere? :-) All of northern Oregon is under a long-lasting cold snap; we have wind, as well, and I'm really tired of it. My birds keep eating and eating...and I'm now shopping for a heated birdbath. I've wanted one for two years, and I'm now going to order one for those little feathered things. Your woodpecker images are so colorful---same with the little cold ones!

Lissa Forbes said...

You take the most amazing bird pics, Reena. I always love visiting to see your incredible detail! Fabulous!!

Mark said...

Ok, this is getting annoying, mainly because I am running out of words to describe how freekin awesome your photography is. Are you kidding me with these sharp, clear closeups of these birds? I mean really. What can I say?

Out on the prairie said...

Saw them fluffed today at 10 degrees when I went for a hike.Hope it leaves soon.

Daniel LaFrance said...

I take great pleasure witnessing the birds coming to our feeders.

I'm tickled to see your feeders are busy with visitors!

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful backyard visitors. May all your little birdies stay safe. Beautiful photos!

Betty Manousos said...

absolutely gorgeous bird shots, reena!

i think your post is as delightful as can be.
i leave smiling as always :)

Jennifer Richardson said...

it's hard to wrap my brain around
the cycle and it's suffering,
for sure.
the hawks that look so regal beautiful and stunning when they fly....I just wish they enjoyed a feast of berries instead.
thanks for all the beauty
you share,
Jennifer

Sandra said...

they are all so pretty all puffed up...our hawk has about wiped out our birds, there are several families of hawks and eagles close enough to wipe them out.

Lois Evensen said...

Great images of little sweet hearts staying warm. I agree about the cycle of life. It's difficult to witness sometimes....

CherryPie said...

I love to see the birds fluffing themselves up like that. Yesterday at work there was a robin feeding off the bird table and he had snow sticking to his tummy. He was so cute :-)

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

As much as I love those hawks, it makes me sad to think about their meal requirements. These are all excellent captures!

Kerri said...

Beautiful captures .... maybe the male is just in hiding :)

Kathryn said...

Nature can be hard to stomach at times. I love that you do your best to rescue the birds that the hawk has his sights set on but I guess he has to eat too. I felt sick to my stomach the other day when a bird flew into our window and just lay there. I felt sure that it was dead but I sat and talked to it through the glass for about 15 minutes just in case. Eventually it got up, staggered around a bit and then flew off. I really hope it was ok.

bailey-road.com said...

Look at that hawk's eye! He won't miss much. Beautiful captures.

Catherine said...

Poor little birds ~ too cold to eat! I always feel sorry for all the furry and feathered creatures when it's extra cold out. So of course, I put out extra food! :)
Great shots!
xo Catherine

Linda R said...

I just love to see it when birds fluff up like that. I don't get to see that to often here in the desert. I hope your gals keep an eye out for that Hawk.. I really do enjoy stopping in and seeing your photos.

Hugs~

islandwonder said...

The female woodpecker looks so beautiful and matronly. If she were human, I bet she would be quilting something.

Rosemary Aubut said...

Great shots loved them all!

Daryl said...

they know its too cold to curl their 'toes' 'round those feeders ... i wish when it got too cold (as it is now) that i didnt want to eat ... sigh

ladyfi said...

Oh, those poor cold birds! Amazing shots.

beth said...

ohhhhh those hawk eyes !!!

Dianne said...

I visit the gulls at the marina a lot and when they're all puffed up against the cold I always want to hug them and take them home
I could easily become 'crazy gull lady'

beautiful photos

rainfield61 said...

I think everyone of you is just like the white-throated sparrow currently.

the2198 said...

You take the most crazy amazing great photos of birds. I love that first photo. The eye of that bird wants to make me scoop him up and love him forever.

Michaele said...

Absolutely beautiful!! You really must publish these somewhere besides the blog!

Jenny said...

Hi Reena, I've just started up blogging again after a loooong break. So, I've found your blog by the comment you left on one of my last posts! Love your photos! (-:

Pat Tillett said...

Fantastic photos! Love to see those little guys all puffed up. You so right about the "cycle of life." It is a VERY bittersweet thing.

I really wish I could remember who said something like "don't feel pity for the wounded bird, because he doesn't feel pity for himself." I'm sure I butchered it, but it was something like that.

My granny used to say that almost all wild animals only have two things to worry about. "Finding enough to eat and not being eaten by another animal with the same problem."

Madge Bloom said...

Poor little thing... reminds me to top off my feeders tomorrow...