A blizzard came through the Northeast today and amid white-out conditions, a flock of around forty pine siskins and American goldfinches fed all day at my two thistle feeders and one sunflower feeder. At the start of the day, the feeders were full of seed and by end, two-thirds had been eaten by this hungry hoard. I wondered what they’d have done if this buffet wasn’t here?At one point, there also were eight red-wing blackbirds checking out the action, along with a pair of cardinals, a few juncos and a lone mourning dove. Chickadees favored the sunflower food, while red-bellied and hairy woodpeckers visited the suet.
The temperature never got higher than 25F (-4C) and with winds gusting to 25 mph, the snow was often falling sideways, whipping around the house and making icy patterns on the windows.
We ended up with around 18″ of snow, but with all the blowing, it was tough to get an accurate reading. March near always gives us our most dramatic winter storms, and this was no exception!