It's been forecasted and today's the day--our coldest day of the year. A high of about -5 degrees is predicted for today (the record for today is -32 degrees, so I'm happy we won't be breaking any records anyway). It's a beautiful sunny day which gives us a psychological boost when it's this cold. And as any good northern outdoorswoman will tell you....it's not the cold, it's the windchill! Thankfully it's not very windy today, but we are still in a windchill advisory with windchills down in the -20 to -35 degree range. The key to staying warm in temps like this is layering and minimizing exposed skin. Thankfully I've got plenty of warm clothes, but I did see one incredibly stupid doofus at the grocery store last night wearing flip-flops and shorts! Let's hope his car didn't break down on the way home and he had to walk anywhere!
Even when it's this cold, the heated birdbath still works, so my little birdies can get a drink in the dry, cold conditions. They instinctively know that it's too cold for bathing today, but they do appreciate a nice drink.
I filled all my feeders and put out new suet for the woodpeckers, nuthatches and chickadees. I did find this evidence that one of my hawks will survive another few days, unfortunately it cost me a cardinal. Oh well, I still have many more cardinals than hawks and maybe next time the hawk will catch a slow sparrow instead.
This little downy found a sunny spot to enjoy a peanut feast before the bluejays arrived.
Looks like the pheasant has already stopped by this morning too.
And here's what I'll be enjoying for most of my day.....that is if I can get the dogs to move over enough on the couch for me to sit too.