(-Male Northern Cardinal braving a pretty rough snow storm in my yard on 12/19/2008-)
(-An American Tree Sparrow in my yard during a storm on (kinda weird) New Year's Eve, 12/31/08-)
Which is what happened to me last winter when I found a Merlin perched in a dead tree that on the edge of a chunk of woods behind my house. I have been told it is somewhat uncommon to see them inland during the winter, and this photo was taken on 01/02/2009. At that time last year, there was a consistent minimum of 25 finches (Goldies and Siskins) at the feeders, usually near 50, topping out close to 120. I thought maybe it somehow got the word on the buffet and came to get a seat.
(-Merlin perched on the edge of the woods behind my house, 01/02/2009-)
Enjoy the snow everyone!! Even if you hate it, you have to admit.... it is a pretty amazing part of nature.