Feeding Family Including ‘all creatures great and small’

A late Saturday afternoon snow squall…after another band of snow moved through, covering whatever I had shoveled earlier : ( if you don’t live where it snows, this is not tinted..early morning or late afternoon snow looks as blue as these photos :)

Late afternoon snow squall collage Jan 25

Inside, some baking and soup making were going on.

Baking and soup collage

It’s all fair here …the critters outside are fed too :

soup cookies and squirrel collageAs well as the birds…even if you cannot set up bird feeders, in bitterly cold winter weather, scattering some seed, bread, cracked corn…under a sheltering shrub, tree, or vine is helpful to them..they love to ground feed and just need some shelter from hawks or predators. Or..the front porch is fine too :)

squirrels kanga and birds collage

The little squirrels appreciate cracked corn, sunflower seeds, and peanuts.

Blue Jays, Crows, and Woodpeckers love the peanut treats as well. ¬†While I could not get any really good shots, the other day the crows came across some scattered peanuts prior to the Jays. They ‘Caw Caw Caw’ excitedly when they swoop down for a peanut and then take it two houses down the street to either bury it or wash it…not sure! :)

the crow

As to the others..they are just happy with seed and suet, whether on the ground or in a feeder:

Wren Jan 21

cardinal in snow

Closeup of back of sparrow

cardinal in snow 2

That soup and the cookies were not all for me :) On Sunday I will be baking a big pan of cornbread, and putting out some home made preserves from the summer, and having the family over in the afternoon after church. Other than the cornbread, I am all set and the morning will find me sewing for awhile…

Stay warm and safe! :)

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