Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth…pufferbelly

Posted: January 3, 2018 in Weekly Photo Challenge
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This week’s theme is “Growth”.  Although Jen’s lovely shot of spring makes me happy, real happiness at this time of year would be temperatures above zero degrees Fahrenheit, both the actual temperature and with wind chill!  As I said to her, “Simple joys!”  I think our furnace would rejoice as well.

A strange phenomenon is winter is the growth in the circumference of birds.  As you can see, this fellow has puffed up much larger than his original self, just trying to keep warm. His expression says it all:  “I’m SO ready for spring.”  🙂

© janet m. webb

  1. What a charmer! Happy New Year!!

  2. Allan G. Smorra says:

    Excellent choice, Janet. Just the pop of color needed on a grey day.

  3. Sandra says:

    Lovely bird. Great choice for the prompt. Happy New Year, Janet and Bill.

  4. Janet, our vortex of cold makes all the birds look as though their winter suits are double the usual.

  5. JT Twissel says:

    Our chickadees are as round as they are tall! So cute – little pufferbirds…

  6. They are such hardy little birds. I wonder why it doesn’t head west? 😄. It does look cold there. Stay warm!

    • There are quite a few birds still around, Deborah. Even the geese no longer seem to go south, but eat around here. (I guess goose down works!) I’ve been giving them bread crumbs the last few days, but they apparently find enough to eat and somehow stay warm as well.


  7. Dan Antion says:

    He’s a cutie. I feel bad for the birds around here as we have this recod cold spell hanging around.

  8. Emma Cownie says:

    He’s a cutie!

  9. Donnalee says:

    I try to help stuff our little fat birdie guests here in NY state with enough to eat to keep them plump and warm, and enough water, replaced when it freezes, to let them have that as well. Best wishes to them and to all–

    • They can certainly use those wishes. I’d be replacing water every five minutes, I think, but that reminds me to go and put out some more breadcrumbs. I’m off. Thanks for the reminder.


  10. They’re so cute when they’re all puffed up 🙂 Here’s to warmer days for you soon!

    • Looks like it will warm up a bit this weekend and then next week, Madison, at least into the 20’s, which will be heavenly compared to what it is now. 🙂


  11. happyface313 says:

    🙂 Hi Janet,
    I had to look twice to see the little bird, it blended in so well with the leaves.
    He’s so cute!
    Have a very HAPPY week 🙂

  12. That is a wonderful shot, Janet. Clear, crisp, and the colors are great. 🙂

  13. Anita says:

    I hope the little bird stays strong till spring. Happy New Year, Janet!

  14. joey says:

    I think once I’ve got my puffy coat and thick scarf on, I’m pretty well blown up, too. But, oh, this guy! 🙂

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  16. Shibin Dinesh says:

    Lovely pic! He looks like taking a nap!

  17. thirdeyemom says:

    Beautiful Janet! Yes it has been sooooo cold! I can hardly wait for it to warm up above zero. Happy New Year!

  18. Awww …. he looks so cold. Nature is amazing in the way they adjust to weather.
    Lovely entry for the challenge, Janet.
    Happy New Year 2018
    Izzy 😎

  19. restlessjo says:

    He’s lovely 🙂 🙂

  20. pommepal says:

    He does look so cold, poor little fellow. Here’s hoping spring is not too far away

    • If we can survive until Sunday, the temperatures are supposed to be just reaching 30 F and even flirting with low 40’s for a couple of days mid-week before more seasonal 20’s. Right now, 20 sounds like a heat wave! 🙂


      • pommepal says:

        And our temps are going up to mid 30’sC. Our beach is sooo crowded, no parking as people all come here for their holidays and days out. It is a very popular beach

  21. JANE says:

    Fluffing feathers is one of many adaptations birds have to stay warm on chilly -https://justanothernatureenthusiast.org/2014/12/28/weekly-photo-challenge-warmth-coping-like-a-bird/