Doesn't this tufted titmous get the "what are you looking at" award?!
What I've always celebrated on this day is that each day that follows gets longer and brighter. I take note because soon, it won't be dark when I leave the office.
But that's if you live in this hemisphere. If you are following Noah Stryker's blog, "Antartica-- Among the Penquins", it's a different story. There they are experiencing their longest day of the year with the sun at its highest point in the sky, a sun that won't set for another couple of months.
But back to Tennessee. The beach reminiscent weather of a day ago has said 'farewell' and this shortest day of the year has ushered in a blast of frigid air. I know frigid is a relative term but the adjustment can be startling. Throughout the day we've rapidly moved into our winter coats and are destined for the teens tonight.
However, the chickadees and titmice and I are ready. My first visitor was a little yellow-breasted bird that I only glimpsed and then came a parade of chickadees and titmice. This feasting followed a day of rain with no takers. So I was happy. The party has begun.
For those of you who are experienced at bird-feeding, this may seem uneventful. But then, maybe you can still remember the silence before the first birds arrive. They have certainly brought entertainment along with them! I don't know how I'm going to get anything else done. And don't we all need one more distraction this time of year?
This wire feeder is rapidly becoming my favorite. There are so many ways the birds can hang on to it.
Linked to Bird Photography Weekly #17 at Birdfreak.com to celebrate the conservation of our world's birds.