We just had a thunderstorm with the arriving cold front so does that mean we are going to have snow soon? Seems there are differences in the old folklore saying. Some say within 7 days, some say within 10 days and I even saw one saying within 30 days. Thunder on Christmas Eve meant it should have snowed by 2 January to meet the 7 days. Well, since is was about 73 here today at one time, that definitely has not happened.
Late this afternoon I walked by the window just in time to see the Hermit Thrush leaving the suet feeder. It flew to the top of a nearby perching post. So what is a perching post? I put up a post near the feeder with several dowel perches because some irresponsible people have allowed their cat and other abandoned cats to breed uncontrollably. We now have a fairly serious feral cat problem in the neighborhood. To protect the birds, I put up the post to keep the birds out of easy reach of lurking cats. Needless to say, those of us that feed the birds are pretty fed up with it. If you love your pet(s), spay or neuter! Much better for their health and it stops unwanted and abandoned animals.
They are not the best pictures but I was already at ISO 1600 and still could not get much shutter speed.