These doves are hawkish – bird metaphors in real life

The doves in my garden are not quite hawks – they literally take off when the real resident hawk flies by.  But other than predators, they are top bird and peck aggressively when any others try to use the same spot for feeding.

Mourning doves
Mourning doves

And this crow circled round a few times, perched on a post, glided to the ground and then walked a 10-metre curved path to get to the food.  Not exactly “as the crow flies”.

 

As the crow flies
As the crow flies

However, “as black as a crow” is quite accurate:

Crow feeding
Crow feeding

 

First Red-winged blackbird of the year

This red-winged blackbird arrived in our garden today: a welcome sign of spring for us, but I don’t think he’s too happy with the weather.  At least there is food for him on the feeder, but he doesn’t look too happy.

Red-winged blackbird
Red-winged blackbird

This is the weather he has to contend with:

Spring snow (last, I hope)
Spring snow (last, I hope)

We still have about 30 cm (1 foot) of snow on the ground; today brought another centimetre.

 

Crystal Cave

Here are some ice crystals I discovered on the side of a log in what little is left of my wood pile.

Ice crystals 1
Ice crystals 1

 

Ice crystals 2
Ice crystals 2

 

Ice crystals 3
Ice crystals 3

 

Ice crystals 4
Ice crystals 4

For those in warmer climates, I bet it makes you wish you lived in sub-zero (°C) temperatures for months on end! LOL.

To make matters worse, we’re having a blizzard now.