I like this contrast - the snow and cold of winter on the dogwood buds ready to bloom in Spring.
White Throated Sparrow
The little winter birds appreciate my feeders, and I keep filling them despite the large numbers of Starlings chowing down. A fellow feeder at the store recommended a suet cake with red peppers in it, saying that the starlings don't like it. Yeah, sure... I don't think there is anything that Starlings won't eat!
I have a coffee mug with that angry Bluebird on it, and always hope I can come up with a picture that I can make lots of money from. I'm afraid this Robin just looks resigned to the cold.
It's exciting to be the first to walk on pristine snow, pretending you are in the wilderness. Someday, I'd like to learn more about tracking, and winter is the perfect time for it. I think this is a raccoon - you can distinctly see it's five fingers. I kept hoping to see signs of owl wings in the snow, but no luck. Our backyard Great Horned Owls hooted and called almost all night recently. We wondered if they were celebrating an egg hatching. One of them stood clearly silhouetted in the top of a tree. But I have no guess at all for this one. Actually, I don't like being out in the snow for more than half an hour or so. Skiing doesn't appeal to me at all. I prefer to watch the snow through the window of a nice warm room. And I feel sorry for the little birds trying to stay warm. At least I can put on more blankets or snuggle up to a nice warm husband when I get cold!