Fur and Feathers on a Snowy Day

Last night it snowed, and we got enough—several inches—so that the plow has roared past our house. A true sign of winter. Here is a picture of our house tucked in the snow, and it always looks so cozy to me. (For supper, Clif is making Snowy Day Potato, Cabbage Soup, a perfect meal for a cold day.)

I always like the sight of dried plants—in this case, ferns—against the white snow.

The remaining garden ornaments take on a different look.

The backyard, with its feeders, draws in woodland creatures with fur and feathers.

One of my favorites is the chickadee, a jaunty little bird.

My friend Barbara, who passed away thirteen years ago, once noted that while chickadees might be plentiful, they are never common. How right she was! I recently learned that in the fall, the brains of chickadees increase in size so that they can remember where they cache seeds. And in the spring, when the chickadees no longer need to remember, their brains shrink in size. Here is a link for the Audubon site for more information about the incredible brains of chickadees.

What a wonder nature is!

And British blogging friends, do you think chickadees resemble coal tits? I know I sure do.

40 thoughts on “Fur and Feathers on a Snowy Day”

  1. This snow will melt somewhat over the weekend. I look forward to a week on Marco Island starting Monday. My feeders are covered with Juncos right now!

  2. Oh I love the snow pictures Laurie! Your home looks very cosy and I like the sound of Snowy Day Soup πŸ™‚ The chickadee looks very similar to the coal tits in Scotland. We see them often on our forest walks and I believe their brain stays the same size all year round πŸ˜‰πŸ’–πŸ¦ xxx

  3. Your house looks nice and cozy in the snow. I was surprised that we got 5-6″ overnight, about double what was forecast. Thankfully, the snowblower fired right up and got the job done. The bird feeders here, too, are very busy today. It always cheers me up to see that hive of activity. Have a great weekend!

  4. Hi Laurie. My Philadelphia region got a few inches of snow last night too. I suspect that a very snowy winter lies ahead. I’m tired of shoveling, so I hope I’m wrong.
    By the way, the soup your husband cooked sounds delicious. Bye till next time.

  5. I love your house in the woods! It reminds me of the lake cottages I’ve been around throughout my life.

    Speaking of European tits, a pair of great tits have been coming to our feeders. These birds were released in Chicago several years ago, and there are breeding populations here in Wisconsin along with European goldfinches.

  6. I had to check the date on your post worrying somehow it was a glitch! You have winter weather and we are hot and blowing away from the Santa Anas. It hasn’t been cold enough for any fall colors. So I am waiting for Autumn to show up!
    I love the chickadee information. My husband is a retired biologist/entomologist and I can’t wait to talk about bird brains with him this evening!

  7. They certainly do resemble coal tits. I was interested in your remarks about brain size. Mine seems to shrink regardless of the season these days.

  8. Definitely similar to several of our tits – once known as titmice until about the 1920s, but now shortened. I don’t think ours cache food so they might not need bigger brains.

  9. I thought about taking photos, to post, of our foot of snow . . . but then I decided to just shovel it! We don’t usually start winter with such a big dump–it was a real wakeup call!

  10. Thanks for the Audubon site. Love the pretty pictures. Say, “Good work!” to Clif for the cabbage and potato soup. We have cabbage from the garden that needs to be used so that is what I think I will do.

    1. I’ve never heard that this happens with humans. Yes, those chickadees are amazing. Even before I learned about their expanding brains, chickadees were one of my favorites.

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