Thursday, December 17, 2015


How cold is it?  So cold I had to use my hair dryer to thaw out the aluminum window frame so I could open the window to get to the bird feeder.

 So cold it was frosted and icicled.

 That’s right, seven degrees Fahrenheit, or minus 14 Celsius: a bit frosty.

 The finches were glad to get a free breakfast.

 An Oregon Junco was next in line.

There are always chickadees.

 I finally found a name for this little guy.  They come and go so fast I’ve had a hard time getting a clear photo.  At first I thought it was some kind of warbler or wren.  But now I’ve figured out it is red-breasted nuthatch.

 Of course we have a plethora of sparrows (aka flying pigs) visiting the bird feeder.

 And the squirrels clean up the left-overs underneath.

 Still, for all the frigid temps, construction continues across the street.

 But they’re using a gas heater to warm things up before they go to work.


jeanie said...

That is COLD!!! - at 5:30 this morning I went for a walk and was thinking how hot and humid today is going to be, although it is only expected to get to 29 (that is 84 in your money)

What are they building across the road?

Leenie said...

jeanie: Could use some of that heat and humidity here for sure. They're building an addition to an assisted living facility and a bridge. See previous post.

Buttons Thoughts said...

Wow here in Canada we used to have fun weather like that and all the surprises and joys and headaches it brings. Now we have mud and pouring rain. It is like living in the tropics :) Hug B

Jenny Woolf said...

Always feel sorry for the birds and animals when it gets cold, even though they are used to it.

fishducky said...

Way too cold for my old bones--that's why I live in Southern California!!

Val said...

I want a free breakfast! With a tall glass of Oregon Junco to wash it down.

joeh said...

Still 60 degrees in Jersey...crazy!

Terry and Linda said...

Baby its cold outside. Love your birds!


Linda Sue said...

the flag banner makes it look like a party. Um, 7 degrees is too cold in case you wanted to know.The older I get the colder I get - I am no longer enthralled by ice and snow.Birds and squirrels can do it, their life span is about five minutes compared to ours. Nice photos anyway.

Leenie said...

Val, send me your address and I mail you a big bag of sunflower seeds. Putting an Oregon Junco in the blender for you too. Enjoy.

Janice Grinyer said...

Yes, that is cold COLD cold weather, but your birds look very happy!

Im still trying to feed the horses in my pajamas in the morning. We have the same weather. Its not working out so well... :D

Alica said...

7 degrees? That's just wrong. Way too cold for this cold weather wimp! It's been unseasonably warm here, and Jim thinks it could actually go down as the warmest December on record. It's to be in the 60's or 70's again this week!

Janice Grinyer said...

Happy Christmas and New year to you and yours, Leenie!


Sandra Cox said...

Beautiful pictures but it looks awfully darn cold.

Erica said...

Your photos of the birds are so touching. I can feel how cold is there.

Pearl said...

The North Wind doth blow
and we shall have snow
and what will the birdies do then,
the poor things?

They'll sit in a barn
and keep themselves warm
and hide their heads under their wings,
the poor things.

Frozen greetings from Minneapolis! :-)