Greetings everyone on this first day of March and of course that means SPRING! Well, I can think about it can’t I? It doesn’t look much like spring. It doesn’t feel much like spring. Although the temp did get up to 11 degrees F. today. And that did feel quite mild. I was able to stand outside for quite a while taking pictures of my birds and my fingers didn’t actually freeze for a change. That part was nice.
It really was nice. And the sun was shining most of the time. It almost felt like spring. Almost. Sigh.
This month anyway. Sort of. At least spring arrives on the calendar. Not necessarily in reality. The last 2 years there was snow on the ground until the end of April. Sigh. But the worst is behind us. Normally. Although we can get a lot of snow in March. It’s usually the snowiest month of the winter. I hope not this year. Even with all the snow we have had there is only about 24 to 30 inches on the ground right now. That’s not so bad. Good thing about snow, it settles under it’s own weight.
Right now I like to settle under the blankets and hope it’s all a bad dream. But I keep waking up to reality. Sigh.
I thought I would share some spring pics of birds today. The featured image at the top is a white-throated sparrow. I just love their spring song. This is one of my favorite birds.
Speaking of birds…
One time I was participating in an owl survey. Yes, I know. I’m a bit crazy. Okay, I’m quite crazy. Fine. I’m just crazy. But it was fun. In order to do a proper owl survey, however, means going out after dark. Not too many owls like to be out during the day. There are some, but not many. I got to be quite good at imitating their different calls, and they would come in very close to me at times. Made things a lot easier. This wasn’t something to be done in town however. Makes people uneasy. Me included. So it’s off to some country roads where not many people are located.
Like to follow me. One night I was down this one little used stretch of highway and there was a nice spot to pull off the road, so I did. Turned off the car. And the lights. And amazingly another car comes up behind me. Great. I mean, it’s 1 am. Who would be out this late? The car lights stay on. A spotlight comes on. Oh, police. That did make me feel a little better. I turned my interior lights on so they could see me okay. One officer approached me. Another came around the other side, about 20 feet away. With his gun drawn. What’s this? The first officer shines his rather bright flashlight in my face. Then asks me what I’m doing. I told him. I don’t think he quite believed me. I showed him my ID for the survey, plus my personal ID. He called his partner over. Then they suggested I not stay there. Apparently they were looking for someone that was considered armed and dangerous. That’s nice. I left before they did and headed back home. Enough for one night. Besides, I had been out for 2 hours already anyway.
Due to technical problems. That means me this time. Having one of those rough kind of days again. It happens. Rough, as in way too much pain.
Please check out my other pages if you want, new things being added all the time. Muffin seems to be taking a break again. But she will have something new soon.
So for now, good bye until Monday, I hope you all have a great weekend and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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