This morning we woke up to a few inches of snow on the ground. It's most unusual to have snow here in November with many of the leaves still on the trees. I think the birds were as surprised as we were. Especially the humming birds, used to sipping nectar from their feeder outside the kitchen window. We had to bring it in and melt the snow that had frozen into the little metal flowers that they sip from.
This little Anna's Hummingbird seemed mighty pleased to be able to have a good breakfast once we melted the ice for him.
When he was finished he flew over to the plum tree to take a look around. These shots are kind of fuzzy because they're taken from a distance through the kitchen window but I want to show you his iridescent red head and the way he fluffs his feathers up to keep warm.
Fortunately we had a bag of bird seed for the other birds in our yard, as there are lots of them. We scattered the seed just outside the back door and were treated to a fast-paced show. Here are some of our visitors.
When we opened the door they'd fly back up into the arbour or into the plum tree until things looked safe. Can you spot the three juncos in the tree?
All through the day the little humming birds kept refueling at the feeder. We are so enjoying the bird life in our back yard. Only thing is, they're making me want to get a camera with a good telephoto lens. My little point-and-shoot is limited here.