Sunday, February 08, 2009

Birds On Ice

It was freezing today but I ventured out to photograph the garden and the birds. This House Sparrow hopped under the Viburnum and moved around. All the water bowls were frozen solid this morning. I saw a bird pecking at the snow, and wandered if they eat snow when the other water sources are frozen?
I read today that the bitter cold will make for a spectacular spring. Warmer winters have meant spring flowers had come earlier and over a longer period so they were not noticable.
This snow and ice will make the Daffodils sleep a little longer and make them flower en masse once it warms up.
The pests have also perished in the cold, so this growing season the plants should be lush without as many pests to eat them!
My food has kept the garden birds warm and alive I think. They keep visiting my garden..


Bren Haas said...

This is a wonderful addition to your blog. I love the way you capture our feathered friends in the garden. You inspire me to try and see if I can capture the magic. I am going to wait till it gets warmer though..... I am looking at 20* and my fingers get cold on the camera button. :-)
Warm Wishes from my Midwest Garden

Lesley said...

That's a lovely thought that the cold weather just now will produce a spectacular show in Spring! Yay!

It's good to know that we're keeping our birds alive by feeding them and providing fresh water. :)

Nutty Gnome said...

I've just come across your blog and really enjoyed reading it. I hope you're right about the cold killings off the pests - I want a bigger share of my vegetables this year!