Friday, January 3, 2014

A Cold Snap

I marvel at how these little critters survive during a cold snap.
Temperatures this week varied from minus 18 to minus 28 (with the wind-chill).
 
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American Tree Sparrow
 
Black Squirrel
 
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60 comments:

Andaje said...

Happy belated New Year Karen

Does look cold, but isn't it nice when Mother Nature invites the little creatures out after af snowfall? Shows the range of colors and life she still has to offer.

Red Nomad OZ said...

The snow doesn't seem to affect that jaunty red cap!! A wonderful start to the year! Happy New Year!!

Buttons said...

Oh How do they do it I am tough and I still have been staying in:) Great shots Karen. Hug B

Joop Zand said...

BEAUTIFUL pictures Karen.....compliments.

Les... said...

great pics!! those little guys do so well to surviv that cold, I sure dont think I could!! *LOL*

The Furry Gnome said...

I asked myself the same question yesterday. How do they adapt to the cold and survive, on those cold nights outdoors?

Beth Edwards said...

brave little guys. looks so cold. i wonder if they have on socks & scarves that are invisible to us humans? i think so. they have to be there right??! ( :

Our photos said...

The photos are so beautiful, Karen.

Gail Dixon said...

Great images of the tree sparrow. Poor little thing, having to survive those frigid temps. God bless him.

TexWisGirl said...

ADORABLE! love that tiny sparrow. so cute! always love your squirrels.

eileeninmd said...

Lovely shots! I am envious of your Tree Sparrow, what a beauty! Thank you for linking up to Saturday's Critters, have a happy weekend!

Indrani said...

Too sweet!
It is a joy they are able to survive such winters!

Sylvia K said...

Wonderful captures again, Karen, as always!! They do look cold, but SO beautiful!! And they're taking care of business -- eating!! Always a delight to stop by your blog as a way to begin my day! Thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend!

Tanya Breese said...

i know, i don't know how they do it...poor little things...but i guess GOD knew what he was doing! great shots!

Steve Borichevsky said...

Wonderful shots, Karen. I'm happy to have a few American Tree Sparrows at my feeder too. We only hit about -4 last night. All of my little buddies are all puffed up out there.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Great shots of the sparrow, they certainly are little troopers to come to the feeders with such cold and windy days this winter.

Mama Zen said...

That shot of the squirrel is just amazing.

Muffie said...

Cute little bird (not the squirrel!) Those little creatures must be endowed with better warmers than we humsns! The numbers you wrote as temps chill me even more!

Debbie said...

the populations at my feeders triples when it snows!! but you do get some amazing images!!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Oh Karen, I can't imagine how they do it either. Heck, I can't imagine how you do. The critters are lucky to have you there taking care of them.

David Gascoigne said...

The thermo-regulation capacity of feathers is nothing short of amazing.

Elephant's Child said...

Tiny, but tough. And beautiful with it.

Andy said...

Excellent photos! I also wonder how they survive. The birds have such skinny legs and one would think they would freeze very easily.

ladyfi said...

Brrrr - how cold. And such great photos.

SquirrelQueen said...

Aw, the little tree sparrow is adorable. The squirrels survive because they never seem to stop eating in the winter. The ones here were all over even when we dropped below zero.

RedPat said...

They certainly have been puffed up a lot! ;-)

Gunilla Bäck said...

Wonderful photos! The sparrow is very cute.

Judy at Peace Be With You said...

Karen, in emerging from my blogging hibernation,I have discovered that my reader has not been picking up your pixel posts. Hopefully, that has been corrected. Beautiful photos, as always. You actually make a warm-weather girl yearn for snow and ice.

Carole M. said...

these are just beautiful photographs; the lighting, the white backdrop, the rich colours of the bird, and the squirrel. I do feel for them in such bitter conditions

Anni said...

I've so often wondered the same thing about our small animals and drastic drops in the temperatures during winter!!! Some seem to relish in it...and I sit at my window seeing what looks to be a cold day [NOTHING like sub zero tho] and shiver inside a warm home.

Great images Karen.

Christian Weiß said...

Very beautiful photos.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Cute little tree sparrow and squirrel flicking snow all over. I wonder how they survive the cold too.

Robyn said...

Neat shots. I bet it was fun to sit and watch the squirrel.

Laura said...

Really beautiful Karen… I think the first is my favorite… bundle up… brrrrr.

Mersad said...

It's always amazing to me how those little critters whetter such harsh temperatures and conditions. Your photos are beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing with us have a great weekend!

Linda W. said...

Those little birds and squirrels sure are tough! Nice photos as always.

EG CameraGirl said...

AWWWW! What a cute tree sparrow!

Nita Davis said...

Gorgeous captures! I marvel that a human can actually go out in temps like we've been having and get awesome photographs like yours. When I try the chattering of my teeth blurs the photos..:D

Stephanie said...

Lovely shots!

Mascha said...

Great pictures! It's very cold for animals and humans... (by us is still over 0°)
Wish you a happy lucky new year.

waldlaeufer68 said...

great shots .. but to see snow is also nice .. here in Germany are ten degree heat .. as in spring ...
greetings Frank

Brooke Neal said...

What lens did you use? Love the close ups!

Carletta said...

He's a sweetie! Lovely bokeh!
Mr. Squirrel is a handsome fellow.
Keep warm yourself. :)

HansHB said...

Beautiful post!

Phil Slade said...

Just beautiful Karen. The Tree Sparrow looks so vulnerable in the snow but as you say, a survivor.

Kerri Farley said...

WOW Karen.....these are STUNNING!

Lmkazmierczak said...

Great shots to start the new year! http://lauriekazmierczak.com/new-year-happy/

Pam :) said...

Small n sweet but tough enough to survive the bitter weather.

Fantastic shots,Karen.
Hope your new year is off to a good start.
:)

NatureFootstep said...

that is a cute little one. Love the colors of the Tree sparrow. :)

bettyl-NZ said...

God's creatures certainly are amazing! Love your photos a lot!

Willow said...

Love these ! You captured that little bird being quite expressive too !

lina@happy family said...

Strong cute critters. Wonderful shots, Karen.
Thanks for dropping by, have a great week ahead.

Stewart M said...

I am having a hard time imagining how cold that is!!

Good job the natives have fur and down coats!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

retriever said...

Wonderfull shots love much the first. best for 2014

Icy BC said...

Such beautiful photos of the American tree sparrow, Karen.

Here, our school is closed until Wednesday because of the winter storm..Stay warm!

Daniel LaFrance said...

Fascinating indeed and beautifully captured too!

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

Beautiful shots! :) Very cold here as well right now ...my feeders are filled for the birds and the squirrels come for peanuts and then steal the bird food too! :)

beep said...

They are sooo cute!

Me said...

Love the little sparrow. I too wonder how they can handle these frigid temps.

Gemma Wiseman said...

The white of the snow highlights the colours of the tree sparrow beautifully. And adore that bushy tail of the little squirrel.