Thursday, January 9, 2014

Midwinter Freeze


Woodpecker Flicker


On a recent morning before the freeze, 
a yellow-shafted flicker was hard at work punching holes in our yard, 
the red heart on the back of his neck pumping in rapid fire motion 
with every thrust of his beak.

If he was looking for a fat grub for breakfast,
he didn't come up with one while I was watching.  


video


It wasn't for lack of trying.
In this 10 second video, he strikes the ground about 30 times.




A couple of days later, the cold came, and the ground, hard as stone, locked up its treasures.
Deer, dressed in their winter coats, dug through the snow for food...




and made way when the Prince of the Forest appeared.


Winter Blue Jay


Birds fluffed out their down coats to obtain the highest possible insulation.




Steam rolled in from the lake at the Theodosia Marina...




turning every surface into a confectioner's masterpiece.




He supplies snow like wool, scattering frost like ashes.
Psalm 147:16





Linking with Wild Bird Wednesday
Saturday's Critters



20 comments:

Sandra said...

Lovely photos, Connie. I always feel for the wild animals at this time of the year when food is so hard to come by. I love that little blue bird all fluffed up against the cold.
I like the last shot with the trees decorated in white against the blue of the sky.

Nancy said...

Your captures are stunning and so represent the beauty of the winter....It does make me sad to think of animals hungry because they can't find food in the harsh cold....

Terri Buster said...

Beautiful photos- I'm cold now!!

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Connie. Love the woodpecker although I could not get the video on my ipad. the snow shots are all stunning.

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Gorgeous photos! I love both the birds and the deer. We're having an unusual winter as we still haven't gotten any snow.

dinascitywildlife.com said...

Beautiful pictures with the snow and the fog!

bailey-road.com said...

Beautiful photos, Connie.

susie @ persimmon moon cottage said...

Love your photographs! The blue of that blue jay really stands out. The ice covered water's edge was beautiful.

I had two of those flickers in my front yard the day before our weather here in St. Louis got bad. They seemed to be travelling with a flock of grackles, but kept to themselves, apart from the grackle group. One of the flickers was pecking like that in the sponge rocks around my flower bed. The thought occurred to me, I wonder if they ever get their beaks stuck in whatever they are pecking at?

I got my camera just about focused to get pics of the flickers, and they must have caught sight of me or the camera lens glass, because the grackles sounded the alert and grackles and flickers all flew up and away. I'm glad that you got good pictures of your flicker.

I am ready for that January thaw!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Your photos are beautiful and I love the shot of the Flicker. I haven't seen them around here for a couple of years now.
I live in MO, too, and signed up to follow. I love finding other Missouri bloggers. You have a nice blog with wonderful photos!

Lisa Gordon said...

That is one determined little bird, Connie! So sweet.

These photographs are just beautiful. I especially love the deer. They are my very favorite animals.

Have a wonderful weekend!

eileeninmd said...

Lovely series of images.. The Flicker is a cool bird and I love the Jay. Have a happy weekend!

Deanna said...

Poor guy, after all that digging he came up empty. Beautiful images of the deer and that frost on the trees looks like wonderland!!

Brian King said...

Fantastic shot of the buck! The last photo is gorgeous!

Willow said...

Love how these beautiful photos had me feeling like I was there !
I stopped over from Saturadays' critters. Glad I did as I am now a new follower here .

TexWisGirl said...

just beautiful shots. love those flickers. :)

Jocee said...

Awesome shots. Loved the deer.

Karen said...

Lovely captures! The deer are great!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

The birds are beautiful -- and I'm here from your link on WBW -- but the deer pictures just are heart-stopping....I love these.

ladyfi said...

Wow - these shots are just spectacular!

Jennifer Richardson said...

your posts often give me goosebumps;
this was one of them:)
-Jennifer