Blackbirds in Snow

It snowed again last night, giving us the second “significant” snow of the winter.  There might be an inch of the white stuff on the ground, if that, but it is enough to cover the land and bring the white beauty of the season that I love.

As I was standing on the back porch attempting to get some good close-up shots of a couple of Robins in the old Russian Olive tree, a flock of some type of black birds stopped-in for a visit…

Less than a minute after they settled, the birds spied another mass of their companions approaching, and with a great rustling of wings and feathers, they were gone and away….

26 responses

  1. Nut Balls

    The contrast of the blackbirds against the white is really beautiful 🙂

    January 9, 2012 at 7:18 am

    • Thank you, Nate. I thought it was pretty cool, too. 🙂

      January 9, 2012 at 8:27 am

  2. Russian Olive’s are not a native tree in our area. When brought here for environmental-erosion purposes they overwhelmed some of the drainages. Your photos remind me that even as non-native they are meaningful to much of life. Wonderful photos!

    January 9, 2012 at 8:44 am

    • Thank you, Dave. I’m still a new-comer to the Salt Lake area, so am still figuring out what is native and not. I have seen many stands of these trees in the locale, but couldn’t say when they got here. But yes, they do seem to have an important part to play in feeding the birds in the colder months, as there are still olives on the bare tree…and thank you for the nice words about the photos. 🙂

      January 9, 2012 at 7:11 pm

  3. Beautiful, and at the same time bleak. Don’t they feel the cold?

    January 9, 2012 at 11:02 am

    • Thank you, Pattu…and I hadn’t actually thought about it that way, as being bleak…maybe it is? And no, I don’t think the birds are effected much by the cold. It doesn’t get much below zero here, if ever, so maybe it’s not too cold for them.

      January 9, 2012 at 7:13 pm

  4. Nice capture. I especially like the first shot (where the birds stand out so well against the tree branches).

    January 9, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    • Thank you, Victoria. The first one is my favorite, too. 🙂

      January 9, 2012 at 7:13 pm

  5. Love that first shot, Scott. There’s a ton of mood expressed there.

    January 9, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    • I rather enjoy the first one, too, Kerry. Thank you. Would you say “bleak” or something else?

      January 9, 2012 at 10:14 pm

  6. Scott, nice pictures! – I was a birder for 30 years and birds are still a favourite. These are Starlings I think – tho I don’t know where in the world you are so can’t be sure!

    I like many of your other photos too. Thanks very much for subscribing to my blog, I hope you enjoy the content. FATman

    January 10, 2012 at 10:04 am

    • Thank you, Adrian – I’m not sure about them being Starlings, either. I thought starlings were smaller, but could be wrong. And I’m in the Salt Lake City area of Utah, USA, but am still rather new here, so I’m not too familiar with all the birds yet. I’m still getting used to there being geese and sea gulls flying overhead. 🙂

      And thank you for the nice words about the other photos.

      I have already enjoyed the content of your blog…and will be awaiting more. Thanks.

      January 10, 2012 at 6:34 pm

  7. magical!

    January 10, 2012 at 11:08 am

    • Thank you, Drawandshoot!

      January 10, 2012 at 6:37 pm

      • Scott, I saw one of these images pop up in your top posts and it caught my eye again. There is something very moving and beautiful about this set…

        February 26, 2013 at 6:26 pm

        • Thank you, Karen…it was nice seeing them up there…have been waiting to capture them again up there…but it’s been a while since I’ve seen them like this.

          February 28, 2013 at 8:04 pm

  8. Wonderful. The blackbirds look great against the snow.

    January 10, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    • Thank you, Meanderer…that’s what captured my attention when it was drawn away from the one or two Robins that were elsewhere in the tree. 🙂

      January 10, 2012 at 6:40 pm

  9. Amazing, just beautiful! I love blackbirds so much. They compliment the snow so perfectly!

    January 11, 2012 at 9:19 am

    • Thank you, again, Eve. 🙂

      January 11, 2012 at 6:26 pm

  10. Snow finally this weekend…we’ll see how accurate the forecast is. We need it bad.

    January 13, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    • Maybe you’ll get an opportunity to take some photos of birds in snow, too, Fergiemoto…. 🙂

      January 13, 2012 at 9:17 pm

  11. My guess was also Starlings, as not only do they look like them 😉 but Starlings do flock in large groups.

    January 14, 2012 at 10:54 am

    • Well that’s two votes for starlings coming from people who would know…and still one vote from me saying I have no idea! Thank you. 🙂

      January 14, 2012 at 8:43 pm

  12. One of my favourite posts!

    January 22, 2012 at 2:50 am

    • Wow! Thank you, Dreamsandzeros. 🙂

      January 22, 2012 at 3:40 pm

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