It’s been snowing regularly here since December 1 – the meteorological start of winter. Eight inches have fallen already today and it’s still coming down. Cooking, shoveling, bird-watching and a walk with the dogs in the snow filled up our day.
A pair of Northeren Flickers have been regular visitors here this winter. They’re quite shy, so this picture taken through the kitchen window, is the only way I could photograph one. They’re very striking birds, this photo doesn’t begin to capture the briliant colors of this fellow’s feathers.
This Pileated Woodpecker is another shy visitor I caught through the window. Living in a hardwood forest we see many kinds of Picidae here. Downy, Hairy, Red-Headed and Red-Bellied Woodpeckers are regular diners at our feeders. We only see the Pileated Woodpeckers and Flickers in the trees.
White-Tailed Deer are frequent visitors here year round. This doe was grazing in our back yard this morning. They also enjoy grazing on the acorns — and vegetables — in the front yard in warm weather.
It’s a great yard to watch wildlife. This is the view out my back door.
And a view of the Training Center at the end of our drive. The snow banks will be much larger — and there will be more of them — by spring.
Audie shows how deep the fresh snow is at the road end of the driveway.
A good romp in the snow.
Then a full belly and a place by the fire. A good day to be a dog.