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Gooseville, WI
December 28, 2012

In a sudden burst of color a northern flicker explodes into flight as the local Cooper's hawk targets a ground feeding mourning dove. The strike is a narrow miss. Those remaining at the feeder freeze motionless, waiting. Hunkered down, they watch, listen, wait, until the danger fades.

Northern Flicker in snow
It's snowing big fat flakes!
Northern Flicker in snowstorm

Quiet snow days are made for indoor cuddling into my favorite armchair with a cup of hot cocoa to watch winter birds with an attentive friend. I won't mention that the windows would be cleaner if wet noses weren't pressed and smudged and sloppy spatters weren't barked at brazen squirrels.

Bird Watching

A natural sculpture of white cedar driftwood graces the feeding station. A basic offering of black oil sunflower seed, nyjer thistle seed and blocks of suet are always on the menu.

Christmas Birds

Today, I sit inside and take delight in a circus of flights of fancy...

Flight in motion

and great joy in watching live ornaments hanging out.

Tree ornaments
I wish you all a Happy New Year!

Your turn. What's happening in your backyard and where might that be? All are welcome here.

Originally posted to Backyard Science on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 09:07 AM PST.

Also republished by Birds and Birdwatching, J Town, and Badger State Progressive.

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