It really is winter now, if anyone had any doubts about it. Last night we got about 6 more inches of snow on top of the 3 or so we had yesterday, which was on top of what was already on the ground. Even while shoveling it, I admired its beauty.
The birds, of course, were starved, and have been regular at our various feeders. Lately, the Mallards come prior to dawn and after sunset only, probably due to being scared off by the Goshawk weeks ago, so I rarely can get photos of them. Photographs below are of: Bohemian Waxwings (they come to our yard to rest only; we don’t have any food they like), a Downy Woodpecker, Pine Grosbeaks (there were 13 around today for awhile, one of which landed in the piled-up snow on top of a bird feeder)), Common Redpolls, a Red-breasted Nuthatch, Steller’s Jay, and Black-billed Magpies.
Caster also loves the snow, and particularly loves racing through it after a magpie, which drive him nuts by flying low over the yard, and barking at tiny redpolls high above his head in the birch trees.