Words and pictures from the author of And the Crows Took Their Eyes as well as the Elizabeth Goodweather Appalachian Mysteries . . .
Dang is right! Stay warm!
As much as I hate the extreme heat, someplace warm sounds mighty good! I'm freezing!
ha. all about the cold beak here today...no snow...just cold....hovering just above zero and a wind chill down at -24
My furry friends Inside The House didn't like it at all last night, fighting over how to get closest to me under electric blanket.
It's truly cold where you are, but do you remember the bone-chilling blast in Jan. 1985, a Superbowl Sunday? I was in Highlands, NC, and the temp. got down to 26 degrees below 0. With the wind chill, it was close to 50 below. House plants froze in my little cabin despite my efforts to keep the wood stove fully stoked. You could hear the trees crack as they froze. That bitterly cold weekend will always be my benchmark for cold!
I remember it, Mike -- but I was in Florida with my mother-in-law and kids at Disney World. One day was balmy, shirt sleeves weather; the next was in the twenties. My husband was here in NC, keeping the fires going and dragging bales of hay to the cattle (the tractor wouldn't start.) He has mentioned it more than once these past few days.
Poor birds. I honestly don't know how they can survive nights like the past one.(Love groups of three crows... I hope to capture the perfect shot someday.) Hope you guys are staying safe and warm!
I feel for his bare legs. Take care, Vicki, and stay warm.
Those crows have got to be cold! I enjoy seeing all the birds that come to our feeders with their downy feathers all puffed up in order to keep them warm!
Our crows here are also cold. We will warm up to 14 today and sink back down again tonight. Warmth is coming from the west!!!
When I was in graduate school in Duluth, MN, I used to marvel at how the tiny chickadees managed in the cold. They came to my window feeder every day, hardy little things. And then one day I caught part of a radio program talking about how birds and animals deal with the cold of the north country. Chickadees (up there anyway) actually "turn off" the blood circulation to their legs... don't recall if it was at night or just when the temp dropped to a certain point. Anyway, I've felt better ever since hearing that! I wonder if any other birds do that.
LAUGHING OUT LOUD!!! I love watching crows. Ours were so fluffed out yesterday as they prowled for leftover cracked corn and sunflower seeds, their pants looked like a second set of wings drooping below the real pair.
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