Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Whistlers on Wednesday 69

In early March, we received ice and snow pellets (thunder snow, actually - snow in a thunderstorm). The Whistlers, originating from Mexico and South America, were none too pleased with it.


 There was a lot of one-legged eating and laying-down eating in attempts to keep their feet warm.
    
 
 
 


This takes coordination!


Not at all happy.

Can you hear his teeth chattering? Brrrr...

Doing the ice-walk shuffle.
 
"Hmmmm..."

"What IS this stuff?"

*sigh*

Cozying up for warmth? 
 It was mostly melted by the following day.

136 comments:

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I know how they feel!!!:@)

Blackberry Lane said...

Awww! They are so sweet. You were able to get some great photos.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Getting my Whistler Fix early this morning! I was with them: NOT LIKING IT!! Good thing with all our really cold weather is that it never lasted very long. Have a great day. blessings ~ t.

Dianna said...

I'd like to experience thunder snow...just once!
Our mallards were "hunkered down" like that against the wind last weekend. They were lying down eating the corn I gave them.

S. J. Qualls said...

Poor things! I always did wonder about how birds could stand sitting/walking on snow/ice. Looks so uncomfortable.

georgettesullins said...

Brrrr...makes me shiver just looking at these photos.

magnoliasntea said...

They do look put out! lol
The first time our Mountain Cur experienced snow he walked around and around the edge of the pasture trying to get away from it.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

They look like they're ready for spring :)

EG CameraGirl said...

They do appear to be a bit confused!

Molly The Wally said...

Oh my they certainly didn't look happy. Nothing worse than cold feet even in the bird world. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
Best wishes Molly

messymimi said...

My heart goes out to them, i don't like ice storms either.

cobie en bas van Es said...

maar er was gelukkig eten genoeg.

Łucja-Maria said...

Snow, ice in March? Even your ducks are that surprised.
Beautiful photographic series.
Greetings from Spring, distant Polish.
Lucia

William Kendall said...

They seem perplexed!

Pamela Gordon said...

Oh, the poor things. I often wonder how the birds here and in the northern regions stand to have cold feet all the time. I sure wouldn't like it!! :)

MarkD60 said...

I hear my wife's voice.. "Baby Duckie!"

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I feel their pain. This winter was not amusing.

Dicky Bird said...

Love the comments with the photos. The "this takes coordination" one is really cute!

Kate said...

I am always pleasantly surprised at the number of birds that survive winter.

DJan said...

They certainly look unhappy in one-foot misery. Poor little guys! I don't like walking around barefoot in the snow, either. :-)

A Quiet Corner said...

Only in Texas!!!! That made me feel chilly, sitting in the lounge chair near the pool...:)JP

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Theresa;
Oh My; they LOOK cold! I felt so sorry for them reading your captions,"
teeth chattering, ice-walk shuffle."(^^;) Poor cute whistlers☆☆☆

Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan to my American photographer friend, xoxo Miyako*

Miss Val's Creations said...

Awww! I feel so sad for their cute little feet. Thunder with snow is quite rare!

joeh said...

I thought they would be wearing "Duck Boots."

Jo's World said...

Having had a Minniesnowda snowstorm yesterday, I know EXACTLY how these guys feel! And it isn't good, either . . .

Jo, Stella and Zkhat

troutbirder said...

Ah. Now I understand why they never come Minnesota far North...:)

DeniseinVA said...

Love the contrast between those pretty Whistlers and the snow. Great photos, so wish they would travel through here :)

Beth said...

The Whistlers are so pretty! A very nice series of shots!

Inger said...

Your understanding of these birds and what they are doing is very interesting to see. It has grown, hasn't it?

Farm Girl said...

Poor cold ducks. I bet they were glad when it all melted. Such funny looks on their faces.

Karen S. said...

I know they must have been thinking, what the heck? But, oh well, life goes on!

eViL pOp TaRt said...

The poor whistlers may have wondered if they came too north this year. I hope a warming trend happened soon!

Brian King said...

haha! Yeah, they don't look happy. It's not supposed to do that so far south!

Fjällripan said...

They must have been really surprised when the snow came! :)

A View From A Brown Dog said...

Aw those sweet things, brrrr. Snow storm in a thunderstorm?? Wow never heard of that before and it sounds crazy.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Poor things! How confusing is that.
There was a tornado warning and touch down near my daughter's during a blizzard on Monday. Never heard of that before but I have heard of thunder snow.

Primitive Stars said...

A tad confused I'd say, poor Whistlers....Blessings Francine.

Patty Woodland said...

Rethinking that decision not to migrate?

Karen said...

Poor things, they do look a bit disgruntled and confused.

Pix Under the Oaks said...

Tex this is a great series of snaps of the Whistlers! Their feathery bodies and pink feet and beakers look extra pretty/handsome in contrast to the white "stuff"! Thorougly enjoyed this post this morning.. :)

Cranberry Morning said...

Poor little things, trying to stay warm! Looks like my Misty (dog) in the dead of winter (although she's never managed to stand on 1 leg - but three.)

Sylvia K said...

They do look cold and disgruntled and a tad confused!! I know just how they feel!

bailey-road.com said...

They do seem a bit put out. Love the different poses you captured.

Lynn said...

those little feet must have been cold-great poses...I hope they've better weather now.

sparkle100-havealook.blogspot.com said...

Got my coffee here. Sitting comfy.

It is Whistlers time at the Range.

Great, great. Oh beautiful takes as always.

DIMI said...

Oh,poore Whistlers!It must be cold out there!Wonderful pictures Tex!!I really enjoyed them!
Dimi...

Hilary said...

Oh poor babies. That first shot of them snuggling up for warmth is so tender.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Bad day for Whistlers ... but at least it was only one day. So sweet.

Jeanne said...

Awwww!! I can imagine their little pink bare feet got very cold.

Lois Evensen said...

Your Whistlers have so much personality. I love your many images of them. :) Keep 'em coming!

Lisa Sall - Sall's Country Life said...

If you weren't so busy blogging, you could be knitting them some socks!

don said...

A very interesting series of the ducks dilemma of trying to eat and cope with the snow pellets. I liked how innovative they were in an attempt to keep their feet warm.

Pom Pom said...

They are so funny! Poor orange feet!

Leovi said...

The beauty of these birds! Beautiful colors and feathers!

Joseph Jameson-Gould said...

Nope, not happy at all. Their poor feet!

Gillian Olson said...

They do not look pleased with your weather surprise.
Some fancy footwork happening as a result.

Abraham Lincoln said...

I used to drive home, at night, on Interstate 70 and it would be snowing like crazy and there would be lots of thunder and lightening.

Ela said...

Oh, poor Whistlers ! But they are so beautiful !
Greetings

Cloudia said...

You duck mind reader!;-)


Aloha

Stephen Hayes said...

Thanks for proving that people who think ducks have teeth aren't wrong. Ha!

Bob Bushell said...

Oh, the poor Whistlers, snow, yuk.

Terry and Linda said...

They are so beautiful! I feel for them...it's time to have warmth!

❤⊱彡 Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

Marie said...

Poor babies! They look lovely all cuddled together though. Maybe it will finally stop snowing now! And warm up. For them and for everyone else!

Deb said...

Brrr so glad that weather is gone...love those whistlers..

Montanagirl said...

Fun photos - I can't stand for my feet to be cold, either!

Barb said...

Alas, the Whistlers will never visit me in Breckenridge!

Marit Sønstebø said...

I know very well how they feel! ;-)
They are so cute.

SweetMarie said...

i know you felt bad for them. I see all that food you give them, not at all spoiled. LOL
69 is a good number, I was born in 69. :) I'll be 45 in a few days. :)
hugs!

eileeninmd said...

My poor babies, their cute feet must have been freezing! Great shots and text!

thirtysevenandcounting said...

Poor babies! Winter was rough on many this year - humans AND animals. Thank goodness they had plenty of food at your place to help keep them warm. :-D

~Lindy

RedPat said...

That is so funny! ;-)

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

They looked bummed and I don't blame them one bit.

Debbie said...

awww poor babies, perhaps a blanket would have been helpful.....hehehe!!

can you believe "we" have done this 69 times ;)

Pantherka said...

Teeth chattering I can hear :-) ... very beautiful pictures.
Greetings.

Ms. A said...

I wasn't aware you got any of that thunder snow??? Is this the first time you've mentioned it? Please tell me it is! The photos are freakin' awesome, especially considering the weather!

barbara l. hale said...

Poor little whistlers! But I imagine that you must like the precip in whatever form it comes. Maybe if I ate standing on one foot, I might lose a little weight.

wayside wanderer said...

They need to line up for pedicures on those gnarly toe nails. :D

Karen said...

I know their woe!

Anvilcloud said...

I don't imagine they were whistling in appreciation. Maybe in derision.

Robin Lamb said...

T, Aww, poor babies!

Muffy's Marks said...

They sure are cute little critters!!!

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Ohh Just beautiful.. :-)))

Aditi said...

Awww...Sigh...poor things! But I must say the white backdrop provides for some great pics!

holdingmoments said...

Great series and captions Theresa.

Halcyon said...

I can imagine it must be pretty terrible to be pelted with pieces of ice! Glad the hail wasn't too big, that would really hurt!

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

Poor little ducks! They probably thought something terrible had happened at the ranch. :-)

ΚΙΤΡΙΝΟΣ ΡΥΠΟΣ said...

Magic photos as always. The snow is creating the myth. And you became a myth yourself.

Yannis Politopoulos

Lindsjö taxar said...

Hope they managed in the snow. You have to build some small houses for them :-)

Lindsjö taxar said...

Hope they managed in the snow. You have to build some small houses for them :-)

Michael Manning said...

This is a challenge never considered before stopping by, Theresa. My family also wonders when the snow and rain will stop in the Midwest. Beautiful photos!

Filip Demuinck said...

Beautiful birds, the snow in March must be exceptional.

Greetings,
Filip

Lady Lilith said...

Oh the poor birds. They must be really cold.

Sally said...

Awe, poor birds but they sure are smart critters. Love the photos.

Gail Dixon said...

Looks like you were right out there with them, probably freezing your hiney off too. Once again a fabulous set. The close-ups with the seeds are my faves. :)

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

Do the whistlers use a spray-tan booth to get that orange glow to their legs?

Small City Scenes said...

Poor babies! They do have big feet. MB

Betsy Adams said...

Oh --poor little guys... They probably can't stand 'that' weather... Amazing what a winter we have had --all over the country.

Hope Spring is here to stay since it's almost hot here this week.. We've been busy working in the yard--spreading mulch after weeding. fun fun!

Hugs,
Betsy

Red said...

Quite the antics by these boys!
Now you tell us you had some snow this winter!!!

Lynne said...

Plenty of tip toeing going on through that thunder snow!

KB Bear said...

That first photo is wonderful! Didn't you provide a heated house for them? No? Shame on you :)

Raggedy Creations said...

they do look a little puzzled. too cute.

Stephanie said...

They are cute as always. I am sure they were puzzled over the ice and snow.

Munir said...

I saw some sparrows swinging on tree branches. They reminded me so much of your blog posts.

Terri @ Backward B Ranch said...

Poor fellas- I'm glad those days are gone till next year! (Not happy about the strong storms that keep popping up though!)

Randy said...

They look relaxed.

Judy said...

They look cold in that top shot.

Michelle said...

Poor things!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,
Guess the webbing of their feet is rather sensitive. Poor things as it was such unusual weather. Looks like now finally we got spring as it feels great and things are blooming all over.
Hugs and I'm happy this afternoon the problems with my internet server got solved!
Mariette

Paul said...

Them Whistlers must have been watching the Herons do their one leg routine... Ha ha!

Great bunch of pictures!

Debra Howard said...

Gorgeous photos!

Annette Mickelson said...

Brrr, cold feet are the worst!

Rita said...

Ice and snow all the way down there. Poor whistlers! ;)

Paula said...

Awww poor little Whistlers. Just makes me want to make some tiny house shoes for all of them.

Linda said...

The white snow makes a great contrast to their cute beaks!

MICKAN from QUEENS FIELD¸.•°`♥✿⊱╮ said...

Poor ducks. They are not used with cold weather.

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

Never fear. Spring is here!

Mary Kirkland said...

They sure are photogenic.

Weekend-Windup said...

Nice to see them! Beautiful pictures!

Jeevan said...

Great seeing them in snow background, but feel sorry for their uncomforted! Beautiful picture as usual...

Btw. I am back :)

Magia da Inês said...

°✿⊱
º° ✿✿
Formam um grupo tão harmônico!...

Bom restinho de semana!
Beijinhos.
♫° ·.✿⊱°•

Nancy's Notes said...

Such dreadful weather for the poor little guys!

Kathy said...

Poor duckies!

Icy BC said...

Fabulous shots, and they are adorable to look at! What a life :)

Julia said...

Great story of how they cope with the cold feet. Poor Whistlers.
Hugs,
JB

Roxy the traveling dog said...

I always want to give the birds a coat or something. LOL

karmnik54 said...

U mnie w tym roku było śniegu jak na lekarstwo:)

Wally Jones said...

Another terrific series on your Whistlers, Theresa!

I totally agree with them - not happy with that cold wet stuff!!

Dział Przyrody MŚO said...

Great shots of beautiful birds. Looking at these pictures made ​​us cold :-) Brrrr...
Greetings/ Michał and Piotr

Furry Bottoms said...

the details on those duck wings are amazing. Love that! I had two ducks visit me in my front yard yesterday. They haven't visited since last year. I wonder if they're the same pair. I think they're hungry.

Becca said...

Aw…poor little things! They are so cute, and I don't blame them…I don't care much for the snow either! LOL Oh…I wanted to tell you I thought of you when I was reading my book and it mentioned a Wood Duck. I had to smile, because now I know what it really is!

Jen said...

I'm with the ducks. It's March. Bring on the spring weather already.

Lynda said...

I'm surprised you didn't provide a shelter for them. You love them a lot!!!

pattisjarrett said...

Aw, your poor buddies. They do look cold. I hope they don't give your place bad accommodation ratings in the online survey. I experienced thunder snow once, it was an odd feeling, like something wasn't quite right. Hope the storms are missing your area tonight.

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

Poor things. That must have been a shock to their systems. You took good advantage of the situation, though, with some fantastic photos. Loved the "coordination" shot. I had marveled at that stance myself, before I saw your caption.

Laura. M said...

Excellent drawings of a good lunch ;)

Helma said...

You got snow and ice, and we are now getting more and more sun and heat :-) Nice pictures of whistlers :-))))))

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