|A snowy sunrise at Roundtop Mtn.|
The latest storm brought both snow and ice. Fortunately, the ice came after the snow, so I have a crust atop the snow rather than the other way around. Good neighbor Roundtop plowed out my driveway on Sunday morning, perhaps noticing that I looked a bit glum with the task of shoveling the driveway yet again within three days.
After the storm was over, I tried to let the chickens out, but they weren’t having any part of it. They wouldn’t set foot on that white carpet just outside their door. They are still on winter egg break, and I am now down to my last egg. I was hoping an afternoon of frolicking in winter sunshine might kickstart egg laying again, to no avail.
Bird activity at my feeders is high, and I haven’t see anything at all unusual there. I know not to expect winter finches this year, but even the common larger birds haven’t yet put in an appearance—no blue jays that I’ve seen, and only the occasional cardinals. I heard the blue jays screaming all around the cabin; they just haven’t partaken of the feeders. The titmice, chickadees, nuthatch, Carolina wren and juncos are wildly active at the feeders all day long, even when it’s not snowing.
I’ve had a few years here at the cabin where winter started early, and snow stayed on the ground throughout. T hose years aren’t many, though. This winter season might just turn out to be one of them.