No, their little feet are not frozen into the ice.
Poor little thirsty finches.
I forgot to put the heater in the birdbath and
with temperatures in the low 20's it froze solid.
These small Goldfinches were looking for something
to drink and since it was completely frozen they were catching the
snowflakes that were settling on the ice to get water.
It was cute to watch them catching the snowflakes
but I felt sorry for the little things.
I snapped these pictures and then went right
a way to get the heater out so they could have
water to drink and bath in instead of ice.
In the Summer the male finch is bright yellow
and the female is an olive drab yellow.
As the weather gets colder in the Fall the
bright yellow Goldfinches feathers start to
molt and they turn gray, with just touches
of yellow. In the Spring the feathers will
molt back to yellow for breeding season.
For years I thought the Goldfinches just migrated
in the winter, until I started taking pictures and
realized that they were not migrating but
The red cardinals do not molt and change their
colors in the Fall and Winter.
I wonder why the Goldfinch do?
Is it because they are smaller?
They would not show up any brighter against
the winter trees and snow than the cardinal's.
Since I have no great knowledge of birds it
is a mystery to me.Maybe there is no great mystery
and it all has to do with breeding seasons.