|Varied Thrush in maple tree|
|The perfectly-named Song Sparrow|
|Female Spotted Towhee fluffed up to keep warm|
|House Finch at hanging feeder|
After several winters of spending too much time refilling pie plates full of water (to prevent them from becoming ice) when temperatures fell well below zero, this year I treated myself to a birdbath heater with a thermostat. Although most birds can get their water needs met by chipping away at ice and drinking snow, this is much more efficient - for them and for me. Because I moved one of our birdbaths onto the back deck in order to plug in the heater, I get a real bird's eye view of all the birds who come for a drink as I sit warm and toasty at our dining room table. I recommend the indulgence.
|Song Sparrow at heated birdbath|
|Varied Thrush at suet feeder|
The stunning Varied Thrush don't usually dine at the suet feeders in our yard,
but today, in the snow, they are.
|Female Anna's Hummingbird at feeder|