From a photograph by Solomon D. Butcher of four daughters of rancher Joseph M. Chrisman, at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right, Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth. Photographed in 1886.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

A Light Snow

Slightly white landscape


We had a light snow overnight and it will probably disappear this afternoon. The wind is blowing briskly and it feels cold, but the temperatures are rising and are supposed to peak out at 40°.

The bird feeders are covered with snow, so Dennis threw out some sunflower seed on the ground, and the little birds are swarming it.

At our bird feeders, we commonly see goldfinches, house finches, chickadees, sparrows, juncos, cardinals, downy and/or hairy woodpeckers (I can't tell them apart), and an occasional red bellied woodpecker. It's very rare to see a red-headed woodpecker here. Several years back, one came to the feeder for a few weeks.

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