Winter Birdwatching

Bits of color flashing with each trip to the feeder, they are seemingly the flowers of winter against the somber woods as they search for survival in the icy harshness. We seldom see the birds drink until it is really cold and then there is a constant flow to the spitting frog with each taking its turn where a trickle of water remains. Purple finch, cardinal, downy woodpecker, titmouse…I love the sound of their names and the beauty they bring to the frozen stillness.

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Gardening in Tennessee Zone 6 at an average of 744.65' above sea level.
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22 Responses to Winter Birdwatching

  1. kerri says:

    What a treat to see your wonderful slide show, complete with lovely music. The birds are beautiful and certainly help to make our winter more interesting. There’s never a dull moment watching them at the feeders. Our cardinal pair just started coming 3 days ago and we’re very happy to see them.
    We have a water source to offer them this year too (heated birdbath) and it’s good to see them using it, which they hardly did at all during the summer.

  2. Autumn Belle says:

    It is always a joy to see the birds. I like to listen to their cheerful chirping too. I like your slide show. This frog is very popular.

  3. Beautiful! Even if your garden flowers aren’t providing color the little winged ones are certainly taking up the slack–and the birds probably provide a lively counterpoint to the stillness of a winter garden.

  4. mothernaturesgarden says:

    Yea, a bubbler would work with rocks to stand on.

  5. mothernaturesgarden says:

    We added ham hock to our peas, Skeeter.

  6. mothernaturesgarden says:

    I don’t know where they drink when the weather is nice.

  7. fairegarden says:

    Poor little birds with this awful cold. They are like flowers, your photos are so sharp and colorful. We also have a frog, but disconnect him in the winter months and just let the water bubble to keep it from freezing. The birds have rocks to stand on to drink. Poor things.
    Frances

  8. skeeter says:

    Happy New Year, we too eat Blackeyed peas and cornbread but add some hog jowl to our menu. About the only time we eat the greasy stuff. lol… The birds drinking from froggies mouth is wonderful. I had to chip ice off our birdbaths yesterday and that normally does not happen to us so we are in a cold one this week. Burrrrr… I am watching the birds enjoying peanut butter balls in the butterfly island as I type. Soon I will stop my typing and go to the sunroom to enjoy the activity at those feeders. They give such a show this time of year…

  9. Very neat slide show! It’s almost like the birds were kissing the frog. The music was nice too. I like the white blending border around your image, nice idea!

  10. mothernaturesgarden says:

    You can always change the feeding site or trap and remove also.

  11. Jen says:

    Wonderful slide show, I have this thing for frogs….

    Love that you can still run it even in the winter.

    We have just been told about a neighbor spotting a rat out front of our building also. And although it wasn’t said, I know that they were implying that our “illegal” bird feeder might be what is bringing them in.

    Hate those nasty things. I will mention to Gar that he should let them clean up everything before feeding them again.

    Thanks for visiting.

    Jen

  12. mothernaturesgarden says:

    It is the movement of the water that keeps a trickle going at 13 degrees. Colder will stop it completely.

  13. JWLW says:

    Good Morning, Great Slide Show. If every thing is frozen how do you keep the Frog from Freezing? Lots of Bird activity at our feeders now.

    Have a wonderful day,
    John

  14. mothernaturesgarden says:

    Thanks for being determined to post.

  15. mothernaturesgarden says:

    As you know they bring a lot of joy.

  16. mothernaturesgarden says:

    Their red color is always especially outstanding in the winter.

  17. tina says:

    It is so cool the way they are all drinking from the running water. The cardinals are especially beautiful!

  18. A piece of winter art. I had to come back and watch again. Very touching to see you caring for your feathered friends.

  19. Beautiful post, and your pictures are lovely! Glad you’re taking care of our feathered friends in this cold. 🙂

  20. mothernaturesgarden says:

    You have to set your own priorities. We feed sparingly to try to deter unwanted varmints. We wait till everything on the ground is cleaned up before putting more food. I choose not feeding the birds over rats any day, however. Good luck with that.

  21. keewee says:

    We have not been feeding the birds this year as we have had a problem with rats.So far we have trapped 5 very large rats and there are still more. “shiver” I am missing seeing the birds but we really have to take care of the rat invasion, which is bad here on the island this year.

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