It started snowing a couple of hours ago. Snowing like it will never stop. A heavy wet snow that will make the snow plowers happy at last. I was in town this morning and all the talk was about the snow that was coming. "Have you heard about the snow? Are you shopping before the snow? Are you trying to miss the blizzard?" I got home rather quickly and settled in for a snowy day. It wasn't long before the rain started...then icy pellets came down, and finally snow. It was about 3:30pm and I hadn't been out to feed the birds. I looked out the back sliding doors and Mrs. Cardinal was navigating between the hanging feeder and the clementine box that I had affixed to the deck railing... to hold the suet. She decided that suet was the choice and hopped in the box. Now this is quite an interesting thing. The birds have looked at this box with quizzical looks...Should they trust it?...What's in it? Is it safe? They have avoided it like the plague.....avoided it until today. They may be desperate to eat today...now they will get in the box to eat. She's the first to attempt to eat out of the box. Yesterday the Juncos were looking at it with curiosity. I looked at this brave bird and got my coat with a hood on and Joe's big boots...went into the garage and got a bucket full of seed and suet. I first trudged out to the front feeder, because no bird was feeding there. When I finished, I came back in the house and checked out the door to see if she was still there. She had gone, so the coast was clear for me to go out on the deck with my bucket full. I looked around with snow falling with huge flakes. I wondered about the birds and worried about the birds that have migrated early. I enjoy having feeders where I can see them while I eat. I can't enjoy a meal if their tray is empty. We have so many birds here early in the morning, but we have many more later in the day, just before dusk. The cardinal pair are always here very late in the day. I make sure that they have food for the night ahead.
On another subject...the eagles in Decorah. We have the eagle cam picture on our computer screens all day. We both pop in to see what is going on. Yesterday was the first time we saw both of the adult eagles. It seemed that the female was on the nest and the male was coming in and sat on a branch far away from the nest. The cameraman panned the camera around, so that we could watch. The eagle never landed on the nest while we were watching. I would love to see the "changing of the guard, so to speak" We did, however see her lay an egg. There will be three eggs this year. One is broken, so two are safe to hatch. The first egg will hatch around March 25th. I just saw her get up and turn the eggs around and then sit very gingerly down in a new position. This morning, when we got up, we checked on her and it was snowing in Decorah. She had snow on her feathers. I wondered if she gets cold, how does she sit for so long? If you want to watch this...here is the link again. http://www.ustream.tv/decoraheagles Be sure to have your sound turned up to hear other birds chirping, geese honking, the wind blowing, and the sound of the Eagles. She doesn't make a sound very often, but I've heard her squawk a little.
Last year, it seems that everyone was watching. The kids watched at school, everyone was talking about it. My cousin, who lives in Iowa, said that the people at the senior center were watching.
Well, I have to get going and do some things around the house. We had a visit from the mailman a short time ago. Joe had ordered some shirts for Spring...shirts of all pastel colors and I got a new top with flowers all over and a pair of shoes....huaraches. Sounds like the mailman brought Spring through the heavy snow.