January 2016

Birdwatching during the 2016 blizzard

This past weekend we had a few feet of snow fall. We enjoyed being snowed in for a few days and watching the wildlife and the birds that flocked to the feeders.

red fox snow

Just as the snow started to fall pretty heavily we saw a pair of Red Foxes wandered around the yard. We usually hear them at night, but they came out early to check things out. We didn't see them again until the night the storm ended. One came into the backyard and barked for a while, and in the morning the snow was crisscrossed with fox tracks.

blue jay snow

A Blue Jay with a snow crusted face. It was a good couple days of backyard bird watching, with a constant stream of various birds coming to get seed from our feeders.

red-bellied woodpecker snow

A Red-bellied Woodpecker in our backyard tree. He was hanging here on the leeward side for quite a while to get out of the wind and snow.

Female cardinal snow

Female Cardinal in the snow. The snow was blowing sideways for most of the day, which you can get a sense of this photo.

Downy woodpecker snow

A Downy Woodpecker making his way up and down the tree. We also had a lot of Juncos, White-throated Sparrows, Chickadees, Tufted Titmouses, Goldfinches, a Brown Creeper, and a few large American Crows.

Golden-crowned Kinglet Watercolor Painting

Golden-crowned Kinglet watercolor painting
A little watercolor study of a Golden-crowned Kinglet I painted yesterday. Painted life size, about 3 1/2 inches long. I've seen these little birds once, they were darting among cedars at the edge of the Potomac River. Handsome little guys, with a black cap and yellow stripe down the center.
I've made some prints, which you can buy here.