The snow in the Chicago area, particularly near my son's place, has been quite heavy. But I was still able to spot a cardinal--what a glow it leaves, that deep red against the snow--and hear an owl hoot, just like I had read in books--tu whit towoo oo. The owls back home have a different sort of hoot I think.
in spite of heavy snow, the squirrel is usually out and about. he eats from the bird feeder of a nearby house and probably has a stash stocked away too. I saw wild geese honking overheard too. They stay on the lake near the house. But alas there are no photographs.