Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Tree Gallery

It's dang frigid here tonight. Minus 44F with the wind chill, as I prepare this post.
It will be a balmy minus 40F on Tuesday.
 
These photos were taken over the past two days, when the temps were milder, (minus 28F).
 
The birds take refuge in our big cedar tree in the backyard, and eat from the many feeders out there. I hope that keeping the feeders stocked will help these critters survive this record breaking cold snap!
 
Dark-eyed Junco (female)
 
Tree Sparrow
 
Cardinal (female)
 
White-throated Sparrow
 
Goldfinch (male, winter plumage)
 
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61 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Oh, they look so fluffed up and cold!!! And I was COLD just reading your post!! Do stay warm, Karen, and have a lovely tomorrow -- by the fire!! Amazing and beautiful captures as always!!

Jocee said...

Beautiful pictures. They are tough little things.

Elephant's Child said...

How very beautiful - and yes, I too hope that your feeders support the chilly feathered enchantment in your area. Thank you.

Nancy J said...

Feeders, and super photos, crystal clear as always. Can you stay warm in that freezing cold??? Even here in NZ there is so much news about the " Polar Vortex", my US map is in much use these days as I watch where the weather is heading/staying/ proving to be so much trouble with so many. Hope you and yours stay warm and cosy, greetings to all, Jean.

Terri Buster said...

Beautiful...I always wonder how the little birds survive in the extreme cold.

Indrani said...

Lovely! You get such wonderful visitors and they seem to be friendly models too. :)

Joop Zand said...

They are lovely and nice photographed.

greetings, Joop

Purnomo Jr said...

great post and nice shot :)

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful birds and lovely photos.. I hope you and the birds stay warm and safe.. Have a happy week!

Stewart M said...

Nice shots - hope you and the birds come through the Polar Vortex ok!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Buttons said...

Oh Karen these are truly beautiful. Keep warm my friend it is nasty cold out there. Hug B

EG CameraGirl said...

Your tree gallery is super, Karen!

Laura said...

Beautiful visitors, I'm glad they have that cedar to find shelter in. Stay bundled!

TexWisGirl said...

just gorgeous shots - every one of them! beautiful representation of winter birds - even the hardy goldfinch hanging in there!

we had 16F and 18F in the mornings, here, but are expecting 44F today to clear some of the ice. i feel bad for so many of you!

The Furry Gnome said...

You get amazing pictures of the birds!

Stephanie said...

Gosh that is too cold. Love your bird shots!

Icy BC said...

These are really and truly beautiful bird shots, Karen! Just gorgeous..

Icy BC said...

These are really and truly beautiful bird shots, Karen! Just gorgeous..

Linda W. said...

Wow - that is cold! Good for you for feeding the birds. Nice photos!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

As always, exceptionally beautiful images you have captured through your lenses!!

Stay warm!

Pamela Gordon said...

Such beautiful pictures, Karen. Love these little birds. Thanks for visiting. Stay warm and safe in this cold.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautiful if cold birds~! Thanks for sharing -- stay warm and indoors. The thought of those temps scares me.

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

It is so cold...you take pretty photos of the birds!

Andrea said...

Unbelievably cold, isn't it? I posted a similar story, but my pictures don't even come close to yours. Beautifully done, Karen.

Andrea @ From The Sol

Gail Dixon said...

I always wonder why these birds don't go further south. Birds are brave and wonderful creatures. Glad you are caring for them during the deep freeze. Beautiful photos of each and every one!

Muffie said...

Love your bird watching! Stay warm!!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Beautiful. You have many of what we have, but I hardly ever see those gorgeous Tree Sparrows~

HansHB said...

Your photos are great photowork,
well done!

Gemma Wiseman said...

These poor little beautiful babies. They look so adorable, almost cuddly in their fluffed up feathers. Adore the soft tones of the junco in the first photo.

Birgitta said...

So beautiful they are :) Wonderful shots!

RedPat said...

They are all so cute and I'm sure they depend on you a lot!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Sweet little birds!

NatureFootstep said...

Brrr, that´s cold. :( I am amazed by your sparrows. They are so beautifully colored. :)

Carver said...

Fantastic shots of the birds.

aspiritofsimplicity said...

beautiful clear shots. We get many sparrows at the feeder we keep on our porch. Goldfinches are not here in the winter but we do see quite a few cardinals...although now that I think about it we haven't had any this year...i do wonder what happened to them. Last year we had a few pairs.

Beyond the Dog Dish said...

I hear you! I know how cold the GTA has been! Love seeing your assortment of birds. The poor things must be so cold! We saw many this week at Lynde Creek

Andrea said...

They are so beautiful, i pity them for the cold. I pity the vegetation too but more the wildlife, they can't get a closed home with heaters!

Brian King said...

Wow, these are fantastic! Wonderful variety!

Jim said...

Terrific shots.

Our photos said...

Beautiful pictures!
Greetings, RW & SK

Margaret Adamson said...

HI Karen Fantastic shots of all the birds. I just don't know how these little birds survive in those temperatures.

Andy said...

I wish I had this variety birds of birds coming to my feeder. I get mostly sparrows.

Red Nomad OZ said...

I have NO IDEA what those temperatures are like ... and as long as I stay down here in OZ, I probably never will! Strange how the Tree Sparrow is slowly getting a stronghold down here - they must be VERY adaptable!!

Nancy Claeys said...

Gorgeous captures Karen!

Kim Cunningham said...

Such beautiful winter birds!

LV said...

Wonderful photos of the little birds. It is a good thing nature provides them with the right care or they would freeze to death.

RobinfromCA said...

Oh, those poor little birds trying to survive that weather! Thank goodness you provide some sustenance for them so they can stay sheltered in your tree! Great photos of them!
Robin

mick said...

Great photos of all the birds. I hope they survive these recent extremely cold temps.

Pieni Lintu said...

Great shots!!

Lisa Gordon said...

Awww, these little ones are so precious, and your photographs of them are really beautiful, Karen. As I watch some of these same birds at our feeders, I wonder how it is possible that they survive in this cold. They do manage though, and I am so glad that they do.

Les... said...

incredibly good portraits of those gorgeous little birds!
your pics are so crisp and lifelike they are almost 3D!
Thank you for sharing them with us and good for you for helping them and giving them a chance to survive that awful cold there *S*

Rebecca said...

How miserably cold! Beautiful photos :)

Carletta said...

Karen, you always get such wonderful captures. These are no exceptions and I just love that tree sparrow shot!

Angel Blue said...

Beautiful

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

All birds that I have little hope of seeing this winter in Florida. Very pretty images!

Party of 5 said...

Beautiful shots Karen. They don't seem to notice the cold.

Rambling Woods said...

I know that our birds were very lucky.... I try not to think of the rest.... Michelle

ladyfi said...

Such gorgeous shots of the birds! I hope they survive.

Debbie said...

beautiful feathered friends, i see all of these in my yard, we are lucky!!

you got some awesome captures, your goldfinches have nice color for winter like mine!!

DeniseinVA said...

That's a great tree gallery you got there Karen. Darling birds all of them. -44???? I hope you are keeping warm! Have a great weekend :)

Valerie said...

Glorious captures Karen - I hope you are keeping warm. While you are freezing, we are sweltering with 40+C temperatures; crazy isn't it?! (I'm actually looking forward to escaping this heat and experiencing Vancouver Island's "mild" climate - read 8 degrees C!)in a couple of weeks' time. Excited about different photographic conditions and experiences) Thanks for sharing.