Well, grump, I have not been able to get to Jordan Lake since Saturday – even my truck with its 4-wheel drive is not up to navigating ice. 
So, I thought I would gather some of my photos of the week prior to the storm and try to bring some lake good thoughts to all of us!!!
Here is an edition of my doc ellen’s Jordan Lake Neighborhood where I share some of the smaller, but as adored, birds with all of you.
I  surely hope to be reporting on eagles from the lake tomorrow!
This pine warbler leaped toward me from the pinecone below him where he had been tearing pine nuts from the cone for a meal.
 Eastern phoebes are slim flycatchers, but the cold wind had made this one fluff his feathers up into a warm layer.
 I grew up calling this bird a rufous-sided towhee – very appropriate for his plumage.
But, a few years back his name was changed to eastern towhee and this bird and the spotted towhee became a single species.
Quite a glint of sun on a cold morning in the eye of this white-throated sparrow.
This eastern bluebird seems to be guarding the locked cap that secures one of the test vents for the dam.
There is another great blue heron across the river (unseen in the photo).
Herons are ever on the outlook for any intruders of their own species.

Jordan Lake Dam Neighborhood and How to Tell it is Cold without using a Thermometer!
 
Anytime a bird, like this eastern bluebird, is as round as it is tall, it is cold.
Fluffing one’s feathers traps air and warms the bird.
Having found a patch of sunlight and using the trunk of the pine tree as a block to the wind, this tufted titmouse is warm.
A well-rounded and therefore warmer, pine warbler is looking for another tasty pine seed for its breakfast.
The eastern phoebe is a flycatcher,
but in the cold weather will feed on small berries and any insect or spider lured out in the open by a patch of warm sunshine.
This great blue heron, while stalking a rival, has done just what the smaller birds do, and become well-rounded and fluffed against the cold.

The Jordan Lake Neighborhood Roundup, part 2
 
songbirds and flycatchers
 
Eastern Phoebe
This medium sized flycatcher was still just long enough for me catch its profile.
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Prairie Warbler
This songster was a new addition to my life list.  It is a summer breeder here.
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Chipping Sparrow
He has a beak that is crammed full with insects.
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Eastern Wood-Pewee
The pewee often has a favorite look-out perch branch and will return to it in-between catching flying insects.
This is a pair of wood-pewee fledglings that are playing king-of-the-perch-branch.
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Yellow-throated Warbler.
Just how handsome can a bird get?
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Carolina Chickadee
 
The bird to the right is the parent chickadee.
The bird to the left is a newly fledged chickadee – still very awkward in flight.

The eastern phoebe had been grooming when he noticed I was watching.
He fluffed his feathers even more and then seemed pleased I had seen the motion.

eastern phoebe

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I thought it very kind of the river ogre to make the eastern phoebe a perch out of one of its spindly fingers.