As much as it felt like spring was just around the corner while out on the water in the sunshine with Jim Maya last weekend, today we got a stark reminder that it is, in fact, still winter. The snow started falling last night, and this morning several inches had accumulated, enough to bring most of the island to a screeching halt for the duration of this frigid weather. It was a perfect day for building a fire, reading a magazine, having a hot bowl of soup, and, of course, photographing birds in the snow.
|The resident belted kingfisher on her usual perch, with snow-covered trees in the background.|
|One of the seven dark-eyed juncos that regularly visits my feeder.|
|A chestnut-backed chickadee on a snowy branch - it's a mystery to me how such a tiny creature survives this chilly weather.|
|A crow near Friday Harbor's Sunken Park.|
They're forecasting more snow tonight and tomorrow, plus winds gusting up to 60 mph - yikes! Sounds like it will be another day to hole up and stay inside tomorrow. That's okay, though, because even the view from here over to Brown Island is a beautiful one in this weather: