Thursday, February 26, 2015

A Spring Song on a Cold Day

This little guy was singing his spring song between bites today. The days are getting longer and the birds are starting to sing, despite the fact we've only had 2 hours with temps above freezing in the past 15 days! Back down to the negative numbers tonight...

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Visitor Identified?

I think Clara found the owner of the snowy critter footprints. She heard it tunneling under the snow this afternoon, pounced, and spit it out on the snow for me. It's a mole. We dumped him in the neighbor's yard (no one lives there) and watched him burrow back under the snow. I know he probably won't stay there, but none of us had the heart to kill him. I just hope the dog doesn't keep finding him!

Looking out from under the snow on the other side of the fence.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Snow Day #9

We had record breaking low temperatures today that kept us all home from school...again. The actual air temps were very cold. The coldest I saw was -15, but one of our neighbors recorded -29 on his way in to work this morning. That is actual air temperature, not the "feels like" temp. Brrrr. I spent some time today looking at flights south, way south. We can't afford to go anywhere, but it made me feel better to dream about it a little.

This was not staged. I think we are all a little tired of being stuck inside.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Snow Birds

The birds were busy during our snowfall yesterday. All the activity caught the attention of one of our hawks, but his time he left with a full belly. I always wonder if the squirrel in the nest in our tree gets a little nervous when the hawk lands on the branch beside his leaf pile. The squirrel did come out for a few minutes the other day. He ran to our dead tree, collected a mouth full of bark, then ran back into his nest. I figured he must have needed an extra blanket since it was so cold.
White breasted nuthatch

Carolina wren

There's a bird bath down in that pit of snow.

Downy woodpecker

House finch

If I squint, I can almost imagine these are beach chairs in the sand.
I'm ready for spring. I'm tired of taking pictures through the windows.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Snowy Fun

We got around 6" of snow today. The temperature briefly soared into the double digits, so we got a little fresh air. Well, three of us did. Tyler is battling a cold. I take pictures so that no one can hit me with snowballs. It's really quite a brilliant plan, if I do say so.

She had just nailed Ron's legs and didn't realize I was taking her picture.


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Snow Days 7 & 8

We made up our 6th snow day by going to school on President's Day this Monday, only to have 2 more days off this week. We were closed today and are closed again tomorrow because of dangerously low temperatures and wind chills.

This was the temperature when I decided to finally get out of bed this morning. :)

This is the hourly forecast for tomorrow morning.
I usually have bird tracks and dog paw prints in the snow on my patio, but I found these this morning. I should have put a coin in the picture for perspective. These little paw prints are about the size of my index fingernail. They kind of just appeared and disappeared, so it wasn't really possible to follow them...assuming I wanted to change out of my warm pjs and do so...which I didn't.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015