Sunday, February 5, 2012

Freezing Foggy Morning

A freezing fog moved into my region sometime Friday night.  The air temperature hovered around -3C.  At 9:00 a.m., yesterday (Saturday) I started a drive around my usual birding route. 

The sun looked like this

And the countryside was coated in magical frost.

Frosty mornings are very quiet.

I saw no birds at all until this flock of 15-20 Common Redpolls flew from one frosted tree into some also-frosted low shrubs

This scraggly weed never looked so pretty as it did yesterday.

Then the fog burned away, moved off to deposit icy crystals somewhere else.  This lone tree beside a pond is stunning against the bright blue sky.

And, finally, the white (leucistic) finch showed up at the feeders late yesterday afternoon. 

Beautiful day.


  1. Gorgeous pictures! Quite sublime.
    I don't think my bird feeder has been graced by a leucistic house finch but we do get a nice variety. The "suet cakes" that Kirby made turned out to be a hit as they seem to disappear faster than the boughten ones.

    Birder's Oatcakes

    1 lb lard (I'm pretty sure we used other saved fat as well for this)
    1 cup oats
    1 cup yellow cornmeal
    1 cup peanut butter
    1 cup mixed wild bird seed
    crushed mixed nuts (Leftover nuts from the previous Christmas were still good and so made a nice addition)

    Melt lard on low heat. Mix all together. Pour into loaf pans lined with paper, wax or parchement. Freeze

    Also still enjoying Freddie's blog. Would like to send you a picture of my Max cat drinking from the tap. Will see if mom has your email. I see mom commented at 5:08 am! Speaking of Nuts!

    1. Hi Brett, I'm going to make Birder's Oatcakes tomorrow. Thanks for sending the recipe.

      Please send your kitteh photos. Your mom does have my email. I noticed that 5:08 a.m. business too, but I can't say anything about it as I am usually up and floating around my place pretty early as well.

      Hope You & Kirby are going well.

  2. Love those hardy little redpoll rascals!

    1. Perky little birds, aren't they. Thanks for visiting my blog. The frosty scenery up here is a tad different from your South Florida!