When it’s -10C and there’s a huge 24 hour snowstorm due to arrive in a couple of hours what’s a tiny Chickadee to do, but stand on a nice warm stone in a nice warm water bath with nice warm steam rising, ruffle your feathers and make the most of the free sauna.
The garden was visited briefly this morning by the neighbourhood Cooper’s hawk, undoubtedly on the lookout for a meal at our feeders. He stayed just long enough to get a couple of photographs and then departed, still hungry.
I took this photograph a year ago this day and had forgotten about it. I know Starlings are unpopular in some quarters as alien interlopers not native to this continent but they are incontrovertibly very handsome, especially at this time of the year when they have a brand new suit of feathery clothes to wear. I like the way he is looking at the camera … “Who do you think you’re looking at, mate?”