Welcome everyone on this beautiful sunny day! I hope you will join me once again on my deck, enjoy the sun and watch all the different visitors that come around. So, grab a coffee, or tea, hot chocolate, and a chair and join me outside. It is so nice to see the sun shining again and provide a bit more warmth than we have been having lately. Sitting at my desk this morning the sun was shining in my bedroom window and right onto my desk. That just felt so good. The sun has finally moved far enough north for that to happen and I really enjoy that.
I was up early this morning. 2:30am. A bit earlier than usual for me. I do like getting up early. As you know, I’m a morning person. But this is a bit early even for me. But, I forgot Muffin’s bedtime snack last night. Bad move. So she was hungry. After I got up and fed her, I was awake. No point going back to bed when I feel like that. I have tried it before. Doesn’t work. Once I wake up, that’s it. Usually it happens without Muffin’s help though.
So, I was up early, sitting at my desk, reading some blogs, Muffin looking out the window, a normal type morning. Then Muffin gets puffed out and takes off. Hmm, something scared her. This is 3 am. I didn’t hear anything come onto the deck. I looked toward the window. A face. Human face. I turned on the deck light and he took off before I could get a good look at him. Police can’t help since I can’t really give any kind of useful description. Except they drive around the neighborhood. Why are people interested in me anyway?
Sir George was here while it was still dark looking for his breakfast. He has to wait however. Once it’s light I will take food out there. He is getting friendlier all the time. I can stand right at the feeder now when he comes down. He is already flying circles around the feeder while I put the food out. Soon I will try and see if he will take the food from my hand. That will be a major achievement for me, I have never had that happen before. He is a large bird, 5 foot wingspan. And they can do a lot of damage if they want. They have been known to rip someone’s head wide open. But that’s normally when protecting their nest.
When I went out with the food I didn’t look first. I opened the door and a nice red fox was on the deck. He just trotted off casually then stopped and turned to look at me. So I talked to him a bit. Then he casually walked away. He is the biggest fox I have seen in quite a while. Very nice fur too. We used to have a lot of foxes around town and I used to feed them all the time. Then they started getting mange and that nearly wiped them out. Now they are starting to come back again.
My chipmunks seem to have disappeared. Not good. Squirrels are still around and that might be the problem. Those 2 critters don’t get along. Aside from LB and Whitey, the 2 males, there are 4 females, one is Chatter, the noisiest of the group. Then there is Choco, short for chocolate because of her nice brown fur. Haven’t named the other 2, they are not as friendly. I had 6 chipmunks last year, only 2 showed up this year, Rusty and Sylvester. Watching those gulls floating in the sky. That brilliant white against the deep blue of the sky. Beautiful. Watching them circling out there, they just keep going higher and higher until they are just a speck of white. Amazing birds.
Well everyone, I hope you have enjoyed being with me again today. Soon I will start another series of adventures that I have enjoyed over the years. I really hope you will stop by to read those and enjoy them. Until next time, enjoy your day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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