The front did go through last night and left the first of our lake effect snow this morning. Here in Meaford the waters of Georgian Bay moderate the temperature a little, so we just got another dusting, but further south up on the highlands, there were several inches of the white stuff.
By the time I was out of bed (it's a slow process now) and finished breakfast, the snow was evaporating fast. An hour later it was gone.
With the snow come the birds, here a Red-breasted Nuthatch and a Chickadee on the feeder. More on these tomorrow.
A week ago, before the snow I was pleased to see a pair of Blue Jays stop by. We hear them a lot, and see them in the distance, but rarely see them up close like this. Hopefully they'll be here all winter.
This is my favourite capture of that morning.
That last shot is my favourite. I did see a jay on Sunday- went up into the Gatineau Hills and there was one by a lake shore.ReplyDelete
The ground of course isn't cold enough yet for snow to stay.
I have been hearing the Jays a lot lately too and a couple of weeks ago saw a flock of about 20 of them flying in a southerly direction so I think those ones have headed down south. I haven't seen any Juncos yet!ReplyDelete
Well done on those two jay pictures. I imagine it's a whole lot slower getting up from your bed these days.ReplyDelete
Blue jays are very cocky domineering critters. They put on a show.ReplyDelete
Great close-ups of the Blue jays - whenever they come in my yard they stay way up in the trees and hide behind the leaves (I know they aren't hiding but I can rarely see more than a bit of blue and then gone).ReplyDelete
Hanging on so tightly, wings all a flutter, and the snow, I am sure there will be more.ReplyDelete
Great picture of the blue jay in action.ReplyDelete
Love the jay. Here we get the Steller's Jay. Last spring we had a flock of them hit the feeder but they quickly moved on. - MargyReplyDelete
Great Bird pictures.... I love watching our little birds as they come to the feeders to eat.... I put the feeders away at nights (too many raccoons around) ---so when I get out there early in the mornings, those little birds are waiting (IMPATIENTLY) for me!!!!! haReplyDelete
I'm in complete agreement about the excellence of that last picture, Bluejays are really beautiful birds. We also get an influx of our Eurasian Jays at this time of year adding to the regular population - they are also beautiful though their behaviour leaves much to be desired!ReplyDelete
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Nice to see the Blue Jays up close a rare treat for us.ReplyDelete
glad your snow didn't stick around for you. It's too soon.ReplyDelete
Beautiful jay photo. My feed and feeders are all packed away so haven't seen one for a week or two.
Lovely shot of the bluejay among the colorful leaves.ReplyDelete
Next week we should have highs in the eighties. The cool spell will be nice.
We had a dusting of snow up here on the fringe of Algonquin Park too. It didn't even last one minute on the ground. They are shooting a Christmas movie in nearby pembroke so I bet they appreciated the flurries. We have a LOT of bluejays here. They are awful bullies! They chase the squirrels and curse at the cats, which watch from behind a screened door.ReplyDelete
We didn't have any snow, here is SE Ontario!ReplyDelete
Great shot of the Blue Jay! We have them visit here too...I hope ours move along as they are mean to other birds:)ReplyDelete
It's always so great to see birds at the feeders and it's a nice feeling to know we can do our part to help them through the tough winter. As bullying as Jays can be I have seen Cardinals and Mourning Doves chase them off our feeding station at times. Catching birds in flight with a camera is especially rewarding. Good stuff:))ReplyDelete
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You and the camera are doing a great job again!ReplyDelete