Overnight it was very cold and this morning, as forecast, there was a 'wintry mix' of sleet and rain which coated everything with a glaze of ice. Known as an ice storm, this weather creates potentially dangerous conditions on roads and pathways, but on the finch feeder it created the illusion of a beaded shade - like an Art Nouveau lamp!
Even this female Cardinal bird had ice crystals forming on her tail.
The birds were keen to keep feeding as it was so cold.
The ice was thick on the suet feeder too - but the Pileated Woodpeckers were not deterred.
For such large birds they are really quite agile, using their tails to balance while they feed and their strong beaks to break into even the hardest suet block.