It's snowing again, and the bird feeder on my back deck is one of the busiest places in Woodland Park. As I sit at my computer, I can watch the feeder. Here's what I've learned:
+ Down is a great insulator. These finches and chickadees have plumped up to softball size in the snow.
+ Sometimes, you can find treasures in somebody else's castoffs. The most successful birds are the ones who perch on the floor under the feeder, waiting for seeds to rain down on them.
+ The big man doesn't always win. Scrub jays have a hard time perching on the feeder, where their tiniest relatives are at ease.
+ Several small meals are better than one large gorge-fest. (OK, hundreds of small meals.)
+ Black and white is an especially effective outfit in the snow - easy to see, jaunty, even.