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The Chill Moves In


Mrs. Flicker is in a panic.

“Did you say the ‘S’ word? Did you say snow?”


The Steller’s jay mouths off as usual.

“Oh, I highly doubt that!”

The rufous-sided towhee is trying to be cool. Soon he’ll wish he weren’t quite so cool.

“Now what did I tell you about that? Getting the flocks all alarmed over something that may not even happen?!”


The hummingbird, also rufous, is hungry.

“I’m not taking any chances. Anneli doesn’t put this food out just because she’s bored. I think she’s trying to be sure we don’t starve.”


The chestnut-backed chickadee gets busy, eating all he can.

“Me too! I’m eating my breakfast to build up my strength. It’s dee-dee-dee-damned c-c-cold and it might snow.”

Above him, the nuthatch is getting impatient.

“Will ya hurry up, Chickie? There’s not much time before that hog, the starling moves in, and I haven’t had a turn at the suet block yet —– Oh too late. Here he comes, the bully!”


The starling isn’t shy. Far from it!

“Errr-hem! Move out you little squirts. That suet is mine, all mine.”

The golden-crowned sparrow does his best, singing about spring, but finally I heard him admit,

“I don’t think it’s working. I might have to move south — and fast!”


I hope the birds are wrong, but it sure feels like it will snow. I remember how cold and snowy it was last January, so I have plenty of birdseed and suet on hand, and of course I have walnuts and sunflower seeds for Lincoln and Della.

Last January! Brrrrrrr….

But someday it will be spring again.

(No, don’t get excited. This photo is from last May. I just wanted to remind myself that this cold weather won’t last forever.)


Author: wordsfromanneli

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39 thoughts on “The Chill Moves In

  1. I’m soooo ready for spring. I just love that little nuthatch nugget!

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  2. I love the bird photos. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Pretty ๐Ÿ™‚
    Life is Good !

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  4. Very nice photos of birds, at the feeding place and none that I know from home.
    Thanks for showing.
    Regards Werner

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  5. Ever so beautiful bird pictures!

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  6. Wonderful photos of these little sweeties, Anneli!! ๐Ÿฅฐ

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  7. Those pictures are so very good. We have completely other birds around here. But I donยดt know them by name. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Your photos are wonderful!

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  9. Sweet visitors. I havenโ€™t seen that variety of chickadee before.

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  10. Anneli, this is a delightful post and I love all the bird photos! Iโ€™ve been reading about chickadees but had no idea what they looked like! Ahh … so small and cute! Oh yes, Spring, please come … or failing that snow! ๐Ÿ˜€ Here dull and grey all winter! Your last photo is stunning … what amazing hydrangeas and just imagine, not too long now!

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  11. I’m glad you liked my last photo, Annika. Actually, they’re rhododendrons, but I can see they would look similar to hydrangeas. These two usually bloom in May. Only four more months! Today our forecast is for snow while at the moment we have wild winds and pelting rain. Crazy, isn’t it?


  12. You have hummingbirds this time of year? Wow! I love your bird photos, Anneli. They are gorgeous. I’ve seen those bright blue jays in the mountains recently and meant to look up their name. Thanks for that!
    Happy Friyay!!

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  13. Beautiful photos of birds (and squirrel). It has gotten cold. We’re still waiting for the snow to start. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  14. So beautiful!! You are a master photographer, Anneli.

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