From The Living Room Sofa

It’s been very cold the last few days. As I write this, the thermometer is hovering around zero. Having lived many years north of here in Michigan, I don’t think of zero degrees as being terribly cold but it can be dangerous. Something as simple as a road trip may pose a serious health risk, rather than just an annoyance, if one has a breakdown. I must confess that I’ve been just a little frustrated, while one can dress for the temperature, it’s been too cold to comfortably use a camera outdoors for any length of time. So, for the last few days our outdoor photography has been very limited.

Careful to keep all exposed skin covered, we did go for a short walk yesterday. When it’s colder than @ 15 degrees F we take our small cameras because they can easily be kept warm by placing them under several layers of clothing. A combination of fresh snow, wind, the right humidity, and cold temperatures overnight, resulted in the creation of “snow rollers”. It’s been years since I’ve seen this phenomena so it was very fascinating. They seemed to be just about everywhere a little open space was available, including the frozen surface of the reservoir.

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Snow rollers

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Snow rollers, Griggs Reservoir, study 2

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Snow rollers, Griggs Reservoir, study 3

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Snow rollers, study 4

Birds were trying to stay warm in the river below the dam, and were even more huddled together than they had been a few days earlier. Despite the cold, we did manage to see Goldeneyes, Redheads, Hooded Mergansers, and Ring-necks.

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Waterfowl in the Scioto River below Griggs Dam, temp about 6 degrees F

Today, the lower temperatures resulted in increased activity around our feeders which allowed a few pics to be taken from the comfort of the living room sofa. The sparrows, cardinals, nuthatches, woodpeckers, and wrens appear to be totally adaptable to temperature as long as they have adequate food. The wrens and sparrows put a smile on my face with their feathers puffed up against the cold. Without realizing it, they will provide cheerfulness for a few more days until the severe cold releases it’s grip.

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Nuthatch, by Donna

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Song Sparrow

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Carolina Wren

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Cardinal

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Red-bellied Woodpecker, by Donna

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Red-bellied Woodpecker, study 2

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Red-bellied Woodpecker, study 3

7 Comments on “From The Living Room Sofa

  1. This is Kathy from nature snippets blog. One of my followers identified “culprit” for the bark removal. So, if you check my comments you’ll find his response.

  2. Very cool “snow rollers”. I was looking at our snow today and thinking how hard it would be to describe it. It looks different than usual. Even a camera probably wouldn’t capture it well. It’s 8 degrees today and I just got back from a walk where it was freezing cold going up the road, but warmer down the road without the wind. Stay warm and safe!

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