Wah. Last week I broke down and purchased a heated bird bath dish for the first time and it has proven to be a huge hit with my yard birds. Photos from last week:
On Saturday as the snow was beginning I heard from Sarah that a Black-throated Blue Warbler was visiting a suet feeder in SW Portland. I was not over eager to leave my house, but I was over eager for such a good-looking state bird, so off I went. I arrived at the house and found a few birders already standing there, and the bird appeared quickly. I took a few terrible photos.
It went back into hiding and appeared briefly again about fifteen minutes later. After that I decided I was cold (it was about 27°) and should head back home before the snow got worse. Such a great bird and in my 10-mile radius (heh)!
Sunday morning the ice storm hit, work was cancelled, and I had the whole day to put around the house in my pajamas. Before they got coated in ice I took a few shots of the rat tracks all over the driveway.
I gave Jay a few extra peanuts out of pity.
My front and side windows acquired a thick coating of ice which made it difficult to watch my window hummingbird feeder.
Yesterday morning I expected to wake to the ice all melted and things much better. This was not the case. Anything that had melted slightly the evening before had refrozen thicker and heavier. My dogwood sagged, my wax myrtle dipped over into the heated bird bath, and the camellia will probably never be the same.
But it was pretty! I took a bunch of photos before leaving for work.
Okay, geez, that's a lot of yard birds for you to tolerate, but I saved the best for last:
Hell yeah! A Merlin flew in to it's favorite neighborhood perch, this super tall tree that I am guessing is a doug fir. Year bird!
And now it's time to get ready for more snow coming tonight. Good times!