It snowed! Finally, it has come! We've been waiting and praying for moisture for so very long and at last it has arrived in the form of snow. We'll take it! Just 3-4 inches fell, but it is glorious and wet and beckoned me out for a walk to the mailbox. The snow fell straight down last night -- just like in the movies. Then this morning it continued to fall gently and stay calm. I figured the wind could begin to blow any time, so I took advantage of the moment and broke a trail on the road. I love to be the first one to walk down a path covered with fresh snow. I did see a rabbit trail that was snowed over, but otherwise, Sue and I were the first to trek up the road today.
Horses in the snow. Pretty, isn't it?
The birds were fanatical at the feeders today. I filled the feeders to the brim and watched from the office window as they cracked sunflower seeds and spit the shells on the ground. This little fella is a Common Red Poll. You can see the red blush on his breast, but he also has a red topknot on his head that identifies him. His wife was here too, but she is plainly clothed and more subdued in color.
Photo from Cornell "All About Birds"
One of the neighborhood Northern Flickers took a try at eating seeds from the feeder today. Never mind that he and his friends have dug holes all over my yard eating ants this fall. Now the holes are covered over with snow so I suppose they are hungry. I need to set out some suet for all my winter birds. I'm so delighted they stayed on with us, and I want to reward them with a treat.
Fresh snowfall seems to bring great joy to all creatures. It's fun to see their footprints everywhere as they, too, break trails into the fresh snow. It's beginning to look wintry again, and I'm glad for it. It's a whole new world out there! What is it like where you live?