In other news, the goldfinches are finally finding their way back to our yard. Here are a couple having lunch with some chipping sparrows. The lower goldfinch is unusually yellow, still losing his Summer/breeding plumage. Normally they all look like the goldfinch on the feeder's roof; that drab, olive color.
I also saw a couple of white-throated sparrows out back (I was wondering where they've been,) both of the tan-striped variety. According to Wikipedia, these birds will almost always breed with the opposite color morph (they each occur in roughly equal numbers.) Interesting, if true!
It's hard to believe it was 72F on New Year's Eve. Temps have been dropping fairly steadily since then. Recent, local temperatures are the coldest they've been since the '80s. Here in Abita Springs, temperatures droped 10 degrees in an hour the other day. Right now it's 33F, but the wind makes it feel like 20F. I've been maintaining denial by staying indoors, working on a painting of a forest in Springtime. The forecast implies that today's the end of our cold snap. By Wednesday we