Chilly Birds & Crocuses

I finally got some photos of my crocuses while they were open today. I've done a small bit of research and haven't been able to identify what specific type of crocus these are. Of course, the grocery store just labels them as crocuses, not the specific variety.

Crocuses are members of the iris family and are perennial. There are many different varieties of crocuses, and they range across "central and southern Europe, North Africa, Middle East, and Central Asia to western China." (Wikipedia). They come in many colour variations, plenty of purple, and even some in yellow.

The flowers that we call Crocus, Prairie Crocus or Pasqueflower (Pulsatilla patens), in Alberta are actually members of the buttercup family. So they are entirely different than the Crocuses I bought at the grocery store. They are found in "Europe, Russia, Mongolia, China, Canada and the United States." (Wikipedia)

Here's a fun, or not so fun, fact about Prairie Crocus: if you pick the blossoms that plant will die and be unable to reproduce. As Prairie Crocuses seem to be in a bit of decline, please don’t pick them. If you like crocuses, enjoy them in the wild, take photos, not blossoms.

I also spent a bit of time watching the birds at the feeders today. One perk of cold weather, the birds are at the feeders all day long, eating as much as they can to keep up their energy to stay warm, so it's fairly easy to capture photos of them.