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Dianne Salerni : Writer of Teen and Middle Grade Fiction | Birds in the Snowstorm

Birds in the Snowstorm

20150305_103651While much of the northeast has been buried in snow all winter, my little corner of southeast Pennsylvania has missed most of the accumulation. Granted, we’ve had cold temperatures, freezing rain, and even “freezing fog,” which was a new one for me! (When I saw the reports of “freezing fog,” I wanted to post on social media that the Llyrs must be responsible. Then I remembered that these evil weather-workers don’t appear until Book 3 in the Eighth Day series, so only my critique partners would get the joke. Oh well.)

Last Thursday, however, our lucky streak ended, and we got a significant snowstorm. My family owns a snow blower, but only my husband knows how to use it, and he was away on business. My daughters and I were home, but we only had 1 snow shovel, 1 pair of snow boots, and 1 decent set of gloves between the three of us, so we took on the task of clearing the driveway and uncovering the cars in turn. (Yeah, I know. Ski lovers with no snow gear! We were caught unprepared with all our best snow gear stored in the Poconos.)

Meanwhile, there was a bird party on our deck all day. The bird feeder is a recent addition, which we hung in that spot mostly to entertain the cat. However, we were all entertained by the gang of birds who spent the day at that feeder and emptied it in just a few hours. Also fun was watching the cat leap at the glass every 10 minutes or so. She knew she couldn’t get them, but she seemed to love watching them scatter. They never went very far. They also knew she couldn’t get them!

 

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Notice the pattern of little bird feet in the snow beneath the feeder!

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Given the opportunity of an open door and the encouragement “Go get those birds!” — she declined.

 

11 Responses to Birds in the Snowstorm

  1. Glad your girls helped you with the shoveling. And hope you get some of that warm 40’s weather this week. It’s already feeling warmer!

  2. Sorry you were caught unprepared, but it did give you an opportunity to watch the birds. And torment your cat. Although if she didn’t go out when the door opened, that’s not your fault.

  3. We had a lot of snow here (Minn.), too, but much of it melted over the weekend. Our furry friend, Jada, finally likes stepping her paws outside again.:-) Your photos are wonderful. That’s a talent I’ve never mastered.

    Best,
    Deb

  4. DL Hammons says:

    We had snow here in Arkansas as well…but I still had to fight my way into work. I could of used a snow blower on my truck! 🙂

  5. That last be was hysterical. Get the birds! Um, nope.

  6. Tiana Smith says:

    Ha ha – I love how resourceful those birds are. I can imagine them calling all their buddies and saying, “Look! Food despite all the snow!”

  7. Joanne Fritz says:

    Those are great photos! Laughing that the cat didn’t take take advantage of the opportunity.

    Last winter, when we had all those nasty February storms, my husband and I were lucky enough to be in the Caribbean. But it meant our 23-yr-old son was home alone to deal with all that snow. He broke the snowblower during the first storm. After that it was just him and a shovel. No wonder he hates winter!

  8. What terrific pictures! Now you’re gonna have to get yourself a field guide so you can identify all the birds that come a-visiting.

    Smart cat. Much better to observe those pesky birds from the warmth of the house than to get cold wet feet.

  9. J E Oneil says:

    Only one big snowstorm? I didn’t even know that was possible, unless you lived in California or Florida.

  10. LOL! Love that she didn’t go. Sometimes it’s more fun to pretend, isn’t it? We got some snow last week, but now we are in the 60’s/70’s. And oh, but it’s nice. 🙂

  11. Hilary says:

    Hi Dianne .. amazing weather you’ve been having in the States – really uncomfortable for some of you. We know the vagaries of weather – the Brits are great weatherers!!

    Shovelling snow wouldn’t be my favourite occupation .. it never was! Hope life is somewhat easier now – or hubby is home and blowing that snow away .. cheers Hilary