Snap: Cardinal taking off

news-cardinalsnow A cardinal takes off Saturday morning from an Ivy-area deck. –photo by Coy Barefoot

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Thanks Coy, beautiful picture. Cardinals in the snow, against the dark green pines or on bare branches, are winter eye candy.

Just looking out my city window, early yesterday morning, I saw a red-shouldered hawk, pileated, downy, hairy, and red-bellied woodpeckers, blue jay, tufted titmouse, chickadee, junco, white-throated sparrow, mourning doves, yellow bellied sapsucker, flicker, many house and goldfinches, pine siskins, and one lone robin.

Another great bird seen in Winter, the Belted Kingfisher --one seen yesterday along the Rivanna Trail, at Moore's Creek, end of Sunset Ave-- it's rattling cry heard as it swooped along the water.