Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Our snow birds are happy...

...because we have snow! What a perfect way to start the new year. It seems the persimmon seeds we cracked open this autumn were right...

A Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) in the snow...the first bird of 2013!
A Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) in the snow...the first bird of 2013!
I took these photos a few days ago when the snow first fell, but they fit perfectly with today's post because a Dark-eyed Junco was the first bird Rick and I saw this morning. Three little junkies were hopping on the deck, eating seeds I scattered last night.

A male Dark-eyed Junco sitting in a young mulberry tree as snow falls softly.
A male Dark-eyed Junco sitting in a young mulberry tree as snow falls softly.

...after rooting for seeds in the snow, this little female comes up with a snootful!
A female Dark-eyed Junco with a bill full of snow!

A sweet female Dark-eyed Junco roots in the snow for seeds.
...a snow bird on a snowy day.

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!
...and all the best for 2013!


...for past First Bird of the Year posts, click here.

25 comments:

Roy Norris said...

Happy New Year Kelly.

Gillian Olson said...

Lovely shots, Happy New Year Kelly.

grammie g said...

Hi Kelly... So what is this persimmon
seed being right???
I think the Junco are so cute,first in the morning and the last to visit at almost dark : )
Loooove the snow beak : }!!
Enjoy the new year ...
Grace

TexWisGirl said...

really sweet little ones. happy new year, kelly!

Roy said...

Happy New Year, Kelly! Yeah, I have Juncos all over, too. The House Sparrows make a mess in the feeder, so there's seed all over the snow beneath it, and it's Junco Heaven under there. I saw a White-throated Sparrow doing some snow-foraging under there with them yesterday, and there was a Red-breasted Nuthatch at the suet feeder. The snow really brings the birds out!

Kerri said...

Oh I DO love these little sweeties!
Happy New Year my friend!!

Kathy A. Johnson said...

Happy new year to you, your family and the little Juncos! May you spy many more feathered friends in the coming months.

Little Brown Job said...

Happy New Year Kelly, love these shots in the snow, still waiting for our first fall of the winter.

Kelly said...

Grammie.......the persimmon weather prediction thing is nn old wive's tale my Aunt Pat taught me: split a persimmon seed and see what the embryo looks like. If it's a spoon, lots of snow is on the way. Click the word persimmon in the post, and it will take you to a post with details. :-)

Jo Ann said...

I hadn't heard that tale about the persimmon seed. I'll have to check ours next fall! Wonderful pics of the snow birds, Kelly.

Carol Mattingly said...

They're beautiful. Happy New Year.

Betsy Adams said...

Happy New Year, Kelly. We always get Dark-eyed Juncos here during the cold, snowy winters. HOWEVER, we haven't had any snow much (except for a tiny tiny bit)... SO I have not see the Juncos yet. Sigh!!!!

Your snow and birdies are gorgeous!!!! I'm jealous.

Hugs,
Betsy

Jeremy Medina said...

Cool shots Kelly! Always love seeing these little guys.

cindyzlogic said...

Wonderful photography, Kelly!! Juncos are such favorites of mine!

Elaine said...

Lovely shots! Glad to see our summer birds are doing so well at your place. Best wishes for a wonderful year ahead for you and your family!

The Hairy Birder said...

And a Happy New Year to you Kelly!

Wanda..... said...

Wishing you a new year of bright and cheerful happenings, Kelly!

Tammie Lee said...

so cute to see these little beaks coated in snow. funny thing is there is a neighbors dog at the base of my driveway right now burrowing it's nose in snow too! popular thing to do. lovely new year to you Kelly!

dAwN said...

Happy New Year Kelly! Thanks for sharing your snowbirds :)

Montanagirl said...

Happy New Year, Kelly. Love your Juncos. We have a few around our yard too.

forgetmenot said...

Kelly, Happy New Year-hope it is filled with peace, joy, and many blessings. My New Year's resolution is to come to your blog frequently--always so many amazing photos to see. Thanks for sharing your talent with all of us. Mickie :)

Susan Ellis said...

Interesting -we get Juncos very late in the fall, then very early in the spring...heading to and from your place I'm guessing! Happy New Year!

Kelly said...

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday, and I think we're all looking forward to 2013! All the best to everyone!

Thanks for your kind words! These little juncoes are so cute. I love watching them.

Guy said...

Hi Kelly

Beautiful shots of the Juncos their delicate beauty really shines in you photos. All the best in the New Year.

Guy

Sara Cole said...

Hi Kelly, I just found your blog and I love it! Your beautiful photos and artistic talent are inspiring. I love the photos of juncos with snow on their beak. So cute. Cheers and happy near year!