My own bird photography can’t match that of several readers who contribute pictures, but I’ll proffer the picture of a bird who comes to eat seeds on my lab windowsill. He gets along well with the sparrows; there’s no antagonism when they feed together. I snapped this northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) two days ago when it was snowing. They’re truly beautiful birds.
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I have discovered that squirrels, if given food, will be active even on the coldest days in Chicago (I thought that though they don’t hibernate, they sleep most of the winter). They are clearly burying most of the nuts I’m giving them rather than nomming them, and I’m doling out extra rations as I’ll be leaving soon for 19 days. I know they’re burying them because one ran off with two peanuts the other day and returned five minutes later, his snout covered with snow.
But when they do nom and it’s cold, they use their tails as extra insulation, pressing them tightly against their backs, like this one eating a hazelnut. (Yes, I spoil them.)