Birds in the Blizzard

While some bird species migrate for the winter, our little feathered friends who choose to stick around are probably wishing they’d flown south too in light of the last week’s snow!  This fantastic series of pictures was kindly sent to us by local photographer Victoria Porter, an East Bethesda resident since 1981.  They show that it’s not just we humans that have been struggling to keep up our daily routines in Bethesda since snowmageddon round one took us by storm.  But it’s nice to know the birds are getting a helping hand!

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Beautiful Female Cardinal with snowy beard… Blizzard!

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Robin dining on holly berry in snow… They don’t eat seeds!

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Many robins found food in my snow-laden holly during our first February 2010 blizzard!

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These two robins are taking a rest in the Dogwood before continuing to dine on holly berries…

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ALL IN… These two sparrows are seriously going after food here!

sparrows on feeder

Piling on… 5 sparrows at the feeder on a snowy, snowy day!

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Masterful Mister Cardinal in snow!

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Sparrow and Junco on deck rail… Stirring up the snow!

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Mister Cardinal… OK… Where’s the seed?

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What? You’re taking my picture again?

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And last but not least… A hungry squirrel on approach to the feeder… Keeping a wary eye out for the BIG person who chases him away!

You can see more of Victoria’s work on display at the Orchard Gallery in Bethesda.  Her exhibition, Nature’s Bounty, opens today and runs until March 4th.  A reception will be held next Friday, February 19, from 6-9 pm.


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