Just A Bit Of…

Good morning one and everyone on this Friday evening which is cold and dark and cold and wintry and cold.  And did I mention it’s cold?  It is.  But I guess that is to be expected. After all, this is the land of cold and snow.  Though we don’t have much snow yet.  Barely a couple of inches.  But we do have the cold.  Now I realize it could be colder.  Much colder.  And it will be.  And I’m not looking forward to it.  Never do.  But this year I’m not looking forward to it even more than ever.  I feel the cold a lot more now than I used to.  That’s due to health, not age.  Sigh.  The featured image above is a chickadee pecking open a sunflower seed that he is holding between his little feet.  Amazing really.  Wasn’t sure what to write this evening.  Not unusual for me.  My brain was blank.  Also not unusual for me.  Presently there is a wolf howling not too far away.  I do hear them from time to time.  And have had the joy of having them on my deck at least twice before.  One was a rather large critter.  Don’t think I would want to be outside with one like that.  Not that it’s necessarily dangerous.  Just makes a person nervous.  Was doing an owl study one time, part of a country wide study, which naturally took me outdoors at night.  In country locations.

Pine Grosbeaks
Yes, I know this is not an owl. These pine grosbeaks came by for a visit this afternoon. This male is keeping his feet warm, smart!

One night was very nice.  It was a warm spring night.  I was walking through the forest in an area I had not been to previously.  Periodically I would stop and call for the owls.  I could actually do it quite well and many times had them come to within a few feet of me.  Not much happening that evening however.  Now and then I kept getting this feeling I was being watched.  Odd, since there was no one around that area.  Just me.  And one barred owl.  Time to return to where my car was parked.  Kept getting that odd feeling.  Couldn’t see anything.  The moon was bright so it was quite easy to see around me.  And I had a flashlight with me.  Didn’t use it much though.  About half way back I stopped.  That feeling again.  I turned.  There was 2 wolves following me, about 50 feet away.  They stopped when I did.  It did make me a bit nervous.  But nothing I could really do.  So I kept walking.  They did too.  At one point they were only about 20 feet away.  One was much bigger than the other.  They would always stop when I did.  Guess they were wondering what I was doing making all those strange owl sounds.  Once I got to the clearing where my car was parked they stopped following.  Just sat down and watched.  I was quite happy to be back at the car.  Though I doubt they would have done anything.  But wolves can be unpredictable.  Made for an interesting night however.  Then there was another time…no, wait.  I will leave that one for another time.  If I remember.  Speaking of remembering.  I think I was.  Anyway, I like to study.  The more I study, the more I know.  The more I know, the more I forget.  The more I forget, the less I know.  So every time I study something, I seem to be going backwards.  Sigh.  Can’t win.  But that’s me.  If I did, I wouldn’t have anything to write about.  Sigh.  I think I better stop before I get myself confused.  I think.  Sometimes.  I hope you all enjoy your weekend, hopefully it will be warmer than mine, and God bless!

Steve and Muffin.

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