Cold Cardinals and Mockingbird Backsides

Is it cold enough for you yet? Too cold if you ask me! Temperatures are not destined to be above freezing in the foreseeable future here in TN. I'm intentionally laying low indoors due to those low temperatures but others are not so lucky. The birds are fluffing their feathers out as much as they possibly can in an effort to buffer the cold air away from their skin.

Take this cardinal for instance. He's staring off into the yard from the vantage point of a butterfly bush in the birdbath garden. The butterfly bush serves as a good refuge for the birds from hungry predators like cats and hawks. The birds like to dart back and forth from the bush to the bird feeders nearby.

Here again is another male cardinal or maybe even the same one resting in the Yoshino Cherry Tree in the front yard.  It's amazing how well adapted the birds are to these cold temperatures.

But not all birds look as comfortable. I suspect that this mockingbird wasn't willing to turn around for his picture since I was comfortably inside the house enjoying the heat and he wasn't.


Or maybe he is very well adapted like the cardinal but is just ... mocking me!

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