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Winter and the holidays have a different feel in different parts of the country.

There are two common themes during the holidays - beautiful red Cardinals against a back drop of snow, and a white Dove for peace. Both are beautiful images - but there is so much more.

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Lately I have been spending way too much time on Facebook...a lot of friends that have kept me sane and made me laugh when life got tough this year. Some from here and some I have known a long, long time. The weather here in Northern CA has been very wet the past few weeks and more now. It has prevented any outings...and thus more time online.

For this holiday diary I picked some of the favorite photos that have wandered across my screen the past month - winter, yet beautiful! Birds and animals at home in nature. None of the photos came with identifications - so I gave it a go. Please assist with corrections - it is how I learn!

A holiday greeting card - of wonderful winter images
The Owls - stunning against the snow!
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Tentative ID:  Barred Owl Year round in eastern US and Canada to British Columbia

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Tentative ID:  Snowy Owl Winter in Canda

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Tentative ID: Northern Hawk Owl Year round in Canada

The beautiful red cardinals against the white of snow
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A creative bird feeder!

A wonderful assortment....and some unknowns...help requested!
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Black Capped Chickadee

Unknowns... I love finding these then looking them up...but without location it isn't as easy!  Help if you can and will add to the diary!

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Unknown #1 - Cedar Waxwings! ht to burnt out

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Unknown #2 - European Goldfinch! ht to lineatus

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Unknown #3 I love this guy!  - American Tree Sparrow! ht to burnt out

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Unknown #4 Pretty in pink! - photoshop special Colorized Blue Jay

So, while I am stuck inside because of the rains, it doesn't keep me from checking out the birds! Not necessarily in my backyard, but here in the Dawn Chorus and Internet neighborhood.

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Originally posted to Birds and Birdwatching on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 06:00 AM PST.

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