Today was supposed to be an ordinary day. Temps in the 50s and 60s. Mild weather for these Rocky Mountain heights, but fairly comfortable overall.
I woke in darkness thanks to my new insulated drapes,
went to the bathroom, and decided to go out into the living room to
check out the weather. It was still snowing, a granular fine salt snow
blowing sideways and buffeting the birds flocking to the feeder and suet
cake on the back deck. The blinds were still drawn over the window to
the front deck so I had no idea of what was going on at the bigger
feeder out there. The numbers of birds have increased substantially as
western wood peewees, fluffed up like brown and gray puff balls with
tiny yellow beaks, pecked at fallen seeds and nuts on the deck. The only
activity visible was around the door where the seeds speckled the
ground beneath the feeder. Some of the little peewees sheltered under
the folding chairs on the deck and one or two sought refuge beneath my
car, still in the driveway from Monday's trip down the mountain to pick
up mail, some of which is still in the front seat (not enough hands and
too close to time to start work to bother about them). The super fine
snow still falling sideways and carried by the wind buffeted the little
birds here and there as they bravely fought their way to the deck for
food. Nuthatches and peewees fought the winds from all sides to land on
the deck, the feeder, and the suet cake or to shelter beneath the chairs
for a few moments safe from the winds. Now that's what I call a
moderately balmy day. /sarcasm.
The winds gust every few
moments, knocking peewees and nuthatches here and there on their journey
to the food and the female hairy woodpecker has decided to peck a hole
in the metal facing around the doors and side window on the back porch
-- without much success. Just another day in the mountains here at Cabin
Yeah, I need to think up a better name.
the rest of the week will not be covered by snow and I can finally clear
the deck of all the snow that humps up on the railings and deck floor.
Or not. Right now, it's a crap shoot, a big snowy cutting wind howling
That is all. Disperse.