The birds come out when the snow melts.
Katydid took this picture on Thursday. At one point there were seven blue jays on the ground eating chicken scratch. (Chicken scratch is a mix of cracked corn and other grains, also loved by juncos, crows, squirrels, and rabbits.) I've never seen so many blue jays together before -- usually the most we ever see at a time is two -- but this winter has been tough, with a lot of snow cover.
This photo also taken by Katydid.
You can see why we have scratch left over for the birds. Katydid likes to keep the chickens well fed. (The chickens could not be happier to have GRASS available to them, by the way.)
More bluejays this morning, cleaning up the chicken's leftovers...
A small flock of robins also visited us on Thursday. During the cold weather, they huddle in the deep woods. Our temperatures soared to 58 degrees on Thursday (you didn't know that temperatures could "soar" to 58 degrees, did you?), so they came out to eat the remaining crabapples on the tree above the chicken coop.
This morning it is 12 degrees with an icy wind blowing and flurries. I think I will hold on to Thursday a little longer.