Sunny Surprise at the Feeders Today
Again another day that was very sunny and very cold. The minus 22 temperature with a slight breeze brought a couple of surprises to the bird feeders today. When it is cold the animals and birds need to eat and keep energy coming in because it burns off so quickly. I was shooting pictures of Red Polls, Grosbeaks, Magpies and Chickadees in the bushes because there were people feeding the birds just outside the trees. There was a lot of activity with the feathered creatures flying back and forth all around me. One bird flew in front of me to the bottom of the tree below me or I never would have seen it. It was a brown creeper, a bird that starts at the bottom of a tree then walks up the trunk, circling as it climbs, then flies to the bottom of another tree and starts over. I find these birds have interesting markings and managed a couple of shots.
Then later, luckily not at the same time, I spotted a weasel sneaking through the snow then it climbed the branches and was going for whatever seeds or treats were in the dish. It moved very quickly when it wasn’t stopped to eat but I managed to get a few shots. I had my camera on TV and auto focus and a couple of times I got the focus on some rose bush branches in front of the weasel so the animal was out of focus and they would have been good poses but oh well. I am happy with what I got.