These are hard times for birds in Colorado. Almost all the water in the lakes and streams is frozen solid and snow covers everything. Yesterday about a foot and one-half of snow fell here. The temperature dropped to 8° last night.
But this morning was cloudless and the temperature had warmed up to about 17° when Sharon and I went snowshoeing from Walden Ponds to Boulder Creek. We looked for wading birds, but they had no place to wade and I took no photographs.
Then, as I sat in my easy chair reading a novel on my Kindle Touch I looked out my living room window. Right below my bird feeder was a Northern Flicker digging in the snow. This colorful member of the woodpecker family is the only woodpecker species that regularly feeds on the ground.
My guess is that the food it found was a piece of suet that it or another Northern Flicker had dropped from the bird feeder. I slowly opened the window (from which I had already removed the screen) and took several hundred shots in rapid succession. This was the best one:
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Then, I switched my camera to movie mode. You can see this Northern Flicker in action for a few seconds on YouTube here:
How would you like to have to dig for your next meal in the snow?