This new year is being rung in with frigid sub-zero temperatures all across the region. Nothing new for us, other than, we typically have some warmer days sprinkled in there, but not this last week nor the next weeks weather forecast has any reprieve from this Jack Frost effect.
With weather like this, and knowing my family is safe, my thoughts go to the little creatures outside surviving this on-slot of deadly temps. The little finches have a small flock of about 40 hanging around the new bird feeders I received as gifts. Enjoyable to watch them compete for the limited perch space, grab some seeds, then all swoop to the safety of the shrub line just down the hill. Moments later, they return to repeat the process for most of the day and afternoon, with only a short nap break. I've read articles mentioning that the feeding birds on a regular basis also would require fresh water to help digest, very understandable, but with only frozen ice crystals, snow, and little sun to warm surfaces to provide melt for them to gather melted water, I purchased a heated bird bath to help them out.
Today the Birdbath arrived, though I was home too late to set it up.