HAPPY ‘NIPPY’ SABBATH

Morning temps in the teens and low twenties here these days.

mustard tumble weed ice

Mustard tumble weed frozen in sprinkler ice

Until a couple of days ago, the mums were still holding up, so I brought in a large armload, hoping some could be used in the pulpit flower arrangement.  The indoor air gets so dry during this weather that they continue to struggle.  But I think enough will hold up for church in the morning.

Cold and wet mum

Cold and wet mums

This cold snap started with freezing rain, then ice pellets

This cold snap started with freezing rain, then ice pellets

The hungry birds GOBBLE the seed at my feeders.  Sunflower chips, high in calories which birds need during cold snaps, are also favored by many species year around.

feeder birds fighting

Feeder birds, male House Finches in this case,  fighting over a perch.  Next minute, the Gold Finches (here in winter plumage) may start a scrap.

Juncos and many others scratch for seeds on the ground,

Junco eye copy

so I scatter more sunflower seed and chicken scratch under the shrubs…

Two Pine Siskins, a Gold Finch and a female House Sparrow

Two Pine Siskins, a Gold Finch and a female House Sparrow

under the shrubs to give them cover and quick get-away shelter from the Merlin falcon and the neighbors’ cat.

Merlin Falcon waiting and watching.

Merlin Falcon waiting and watching.

Birds need water during freezing weather, too, and get it where they can.  My water dish doesn’t have a heater, so they eat snow and ice.

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A male House Finch nibbling ice-storm ice from a twig.

If you can’t get out and walk during icy, nippy weather, then enjoy nature through your windows or photos.  Our heavenly Father created all these things, and provided the Sabbath day as a time for us to remember what He has done.  (Exodus 20:11)  A great reason to worship Him, don’t you think?

:}  Smiles

 

 

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