April blizzard

After a week of warmth in California weather, we returned to a Minnesota “spring” blizzard, complete with wet snow, fierce winds, icy rain, and frigid temperatures.  Pity the poor migratory birds that came here to replenish their energy before continuing north.

Fox Sparrow

Fox Sparrow looking forlorn about all the snow covering the vegetation.

The icy crust was too hard for them to scratch below in search of fallen seeds from the feeders.

Slate-colored Junco

Slate-colored Juncos were everywhere scavenging fallen seed.

Male House Finch

This House Finch was eating the snow!

Male Northern Cardinal standing tall, trying to look in the feeder to find seed.

Female Northern Cardinal, not finding much to eat with the snow covering all the feeder holes.

American Goldfinch males have turned their bright yellow spring breeding colors. But it doesn’t seem like spring weather now.

Hopefully this is the last of the white stuff we will see this spring.

 

6 thoughts on “April blizzard

    • I suppose they are used to this. After all, winters used to be much colder, snowier, and last longer here, but still…it’s not like migrants arrive here with a lot of fat left over. Thanks for writing!

    • Thanks for your comment. Most of the birds near the feeder were within about 30 feet of my camera, so that made it a little easier to get some good shots.

  1. I do so enjoy reading your nature emails. Here is a photo for you I took yesterday……by my front door in Ham Lake. Can you see the egg a foot or so behind Daisy Mallard? It was eventually almost covered by snow. I, too, saw a Fox Sparrow scrabbling for fallen seed, and, of course, Daisy and Donald looking for the corn I cast on the ground. Truly hope this is the end of the snow for the season, I am tired of shoveling a path to the feeders and keeping the feeders free of snow so the poor tots can eat. *Cherie Hanson*

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    On Fri, Apr 12, 2019 at 7:40 PM Back Yard Biology wrote:

    > Sue posted: “After a week of warmth in California weather, we returned to > a Minnesota “spring” blizzard, complete with wet snow, fierce winds, icy > rain, and frigid temperatures. Pity the poor migratory birds that came > here to replenish their energy before continuing ” >

  2. Okay, I won’t comment on the snow.
    That cardinal is totally rad! The males look so fake. It seems so unnatural for a bird to be that color. The goldfinch is very bright too. Those who live here are not that bright yellow. I like them, but when I lived in town, they often flew through the house and tried to nest in the Ficus benjamina trees. Then, there was that incident when I brought all those sunflowers in and put them in a vase.

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