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Winter Has Arrived At Mudville

Ginnie BakerWith the first snow of this strange winter, the wildlife is totally confused!

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We had temps in the 40’s and 50’s for so long, I even had Dianthus still blooming along with sunflower seeds falling from the many bird feeders sprouting!

In the last couple of days, all of that suddenly changed. Mother Nature was up to her old tricks again with the weather.

The birds had almost disappeared during the warmer weather; we didn’t have to fill the dozen feeders very often.

With the snow and cold, it was as if the birds sent text messages to each other that food was available for the asking at Mudville in Bellville!

Even the Pileated woodpecker, a magnificent bird, attacks the suet.

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We have every species from the small Junco to the big Cooper’s Hawk.

Our temperature plunged to minus 1 overnight! That’s hard to get used to after the mild weather ...

The birds and squirrels are eating everything in sight.

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One little red squirrel has mastered hanging on the tree, upside down, clinging with his hind legs, while he grabs sunflower seeds from the hanging bottle feeder.

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We put out acorns I saved from the Oak trees for the squirrels. They are voracious! They grab an acorn, run up a tree and happily munch. Then they run back down the tree, grab another one and hide it in the hollow of a tree for later!

Meanwhile, Samson and Delilah stay snug and warm in their barn with thoughts of spring!

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Spring can’t come too soon!

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