Snow on Snow

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It just keeps coming. We had a bit of a reprieve yesterday, but it snowed again overnight and a light powder is falling as I write this.

At 7:30 a.m., I dragged myself out of bed, put on my winter gear and went outside to shovel the deck.  It was about a foot deep and my small red shovel was really no match for it.

Almost right away, the juncos started making noises as if from the ether.  I could hear their cheeping in the distance and when I looked up, a trio of them were in the Ash and the Chokecherry trees.

I spoke to them in a hushed voice, yet they still hesitated to come any closer. They seemed quite perturbed that I was in their domain. Little do they know that I’m setting it up for them.

Yesterday, one of them discovered the silo feeder I had stashed in the corner of the deck by the wall. Though they are exclusively ground feeders, juncos will, apparently, eat from a feeder if it is placed on the ground. Who knew? A few of them were pretty happy to have this new food resource, while others jockeyed for position in and around the bunker.

Things are hopping around here! I counted seven of them yesterday.

(By the way, if I have a heart attack while shoveling, this blog may not get off the ground.:))