The bird feeding station prior to snow removal. Even before I got out to clean things up, cardinals, sparrows, and doves were all jockeying for the one section of the feeder not covered by snow.
Not a typical seed eater, this hungry mockingbird made many trips to the feeder while I was clearing off the deck, several times while I was standing only a couple of feet away. He was so close I could see the seed travel down his throat as he swallowed.
The city has a history of never plowing our neighborhood. After the big storm of December, it was weeks before the alley and streets were finally snow-free.