A few days before Christmas it was like spring with very warm temperatures. Thanks to Eileen's I.D. help on another post, I think that's a yellow bellied sapsucker below.
There was a 55 degree drop in the temperature from the warm day to the Christmas Eve low.
The American Robin above was able to stand on a refrozen bird bath that I'd put warm water in just a few hours earlier.
The mourning doves watched me from the trees while I put out some seed treats on the deck wall.
They landed on the wall, as soon as I left, for their Christmas feast.
The junco above also joined in for the feast.
The red-bellied woodpecker gorged for a long time.
The titmouse below was another diner at the wall feeding trough.
Another day, I caught the bluejay bathing as soon as I got the ice out.
The bluejays are so noisy that I frequently know when to look for them.
Male cardinals are winter's flowers with their fiery red feathers.
The nuthatch below was partly hidden in the tree.
I love how soft the male cardinal feathers look below.
By the way, I used to have dozens of bird feeders I kept full, year round, on my deck and in my yard as well as several suet cages. After I gradually let my garden go wild, except in bad weather I had enough food for the birds in my wild yard and stopped putting out the feeders. I do always put food out for them when it snows or sleets. When we had such a dramatic drop in temperatures, I decided to use some of my bad weather seed stash to treat the birds for a few days. It was also a Christmas treat for me because I was able to spot more of the birds that stay hidden except when I put food out for them. In addition to the ones I included in this post I saw wrens, towhees, chickadees, a flicker, downy woodpecker, house finch, sparrow, brown thrashers and female cardinals. We had a gorgeous sky yesterday.