Really, it’s still too dark for photos in the morning. But on a snowy morning like today, I couldn’t resist. I’m just appreciating the idea that it’s no longer middle-of-the-night dark when I leave the cabin in the mornings.
I’m not the only one who’s pushing the morning’s light, either. This morning the feeder birds were already waiting for me to fill the feeders when I stepped outside. Even though it was still 90% dark and they shouldn’t have been up yet, juncos and titmice, cardinals and chickadees were stationed expectantly around the back deck when I appeared with the day’s food. I felt sorry for them so I gave them a second helping. It’s supposed to snow most of the day, and I think they were already warming up for their "feeding frenzy" mode. That’s why they were up early. They wanted to get an early start.
Feeder birds are better weather forecasters than those who get paid big bucks to forecast the weather. The birds are telling me it’s going to snow today, and I believe them. That’s worth a second scoop of seed, if anything is. Their forecasts are always right. When you think about it, they work a lot cheaper, too.