Monday, December 09, 2013
A bit of this and that
I had a bit of snow last evening and a bit of ice this morning.
Of course, a bit of snow is a fun thing, while even a bit of ice is anything but.
A bit of snow makes the dog run with her nose skimming along the surface of it. A bit of snow makes the chickens feel as though they are crossing the great divide, and they avoid it like the plague.
A bit of ice turns my porch into a skating rink, and clearing off my car takes so long I should have gotten up an hour earlier.
Snow and ice brings nearly every bird in the neighborhood to my feeders. Chickadees, titmice, Carolina wrens, the shy cardinals, the downy woodpeckers. The juncos, who prefer to eat off the ground, teach themselves how to negotiate the tube feeder, but it’s not easy for them and requires a lot of investigating hops from twig to branch and back again before they figure it out. Success! Who says you can't teach a junco a new trick?