Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A Touch of Snow and a Northern Flicker on the Birdfeeder

We woke this morning to an inch or two of snow. A snow squall had just blown through the area, reminding me why I left the East Coast. I live up on a plateau south of Seattle, about 600 feet above sea level, and every morning I drive my husband down the ridge so he can take the Sounder train into Seattle for work. It wasn't the most enjoyable drive this morning.

Of course, once the sun was up completely, I had to get out and take some pictures.




 
I've noticed when it snows, the birds mob the birdfeeders. This morning it was visited by a Northern Flicker, a kind of woodpecker. I often see them on the ground pecking at bugs/ants.

He had to be a bit of a contortionist in order to get to the seed! The other birds gave him a wide berth.

10 comments:

  1. How beautiful! To be able to live in snow..though difficult at times..has to be so wonderful! I envy you! At least we got rain.
    :)

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  2. I love Flickers, they sure can contort. I haven't seen any here for awhile. Today it was Hummingbirds and Crows.
    At least this snow didn't last long and made the trees pretty. You sure had a lot more blue sky than we did.

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  3. We only have the Flickers for the summer, you are lucky to have him pay you a visit. Love the look of fresh fallen snow on the trees, beautiful pictures.

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  4. What lovely, LOVELY photographs...again, Alison!!

    They are all equally beautiful to me, so I'm pleased I don't have to choose and can simply sit here, leisurely scrolling through each one as often as I like, taking everything in contentedly. Thank you so much for sharing all of this beauty with us.

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  5. Love the blue sky with the evergreens covered with snow.
    Good shots of the Flicker.

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  6. Hi Alison, No snow to the south of you in Oregon where I live. Oh well. Cold temps tonight though. I'll be bringing in a few of my plants. Flickers are such neat birds. Beautiful photos.

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  7. Alison, I love flickers and encourage them in my urban garden where they seem unfazed by city life. Sadly, we don't get the warblers, though. Your snowy pictures are lovely!

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  8. I enjoyed your snow and bird photos. It's cool how the sky is so blue.

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  9. Hi Alison, thank you for visiting my blog & introducing yourself! I'm having a hard time keeping up with all the garden bloggers out there--we are growing! I will look for you on FB now...but before that, wanted to say how much I adore the birds, too. Usually those northern flickers are ground-feeders but they've been at my feeders lately, too. Guess they know a good meal when they see one!

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  10. Hello Alison! Upon visiting the Seattle area a few years ago, I came to realize what a beautiful city it is! We vacationed there and in Vancouver and now one of my sons has moved to Vancouver for work and loves it. Your photos are gorgeous. I'll definitely stop by again!

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