Hello to all my friends and thank you so much for joining me here this morning. The coffee is ready so grab a cup, sit down and chat a while. The sun is shining brightly on the tops of the trees and the sky is the most brilliant blue that you could imagine. It is a bit cooler this morning, but with a nice cup of hot coffee it is still very pleasant out here on the deck. There was a very heavy dew last night which adds to the freshness of the morning. It brings out the soft smell of a new spring morning, nothing to compare with that.
Just listen to the wonderful singing of the different birds. It is quite the chorus this morning, even more than the last time we had our chat. The many different warblers are returning now and they have some very beautiful songs to add to the many birds already here. Did you just hear that one? That is the song sparrow, it’s one of my favorite songs of all the birds. That one just sings out that summer is just around the corner. There is one right now, trying to hide in the grass. Plus that white-throated sparrow, a simple song, but so loud and clear. And look overhead, a pair of tree swallows with their sparkling blue feathers and such brilliant white underneath.
Not too far away we can hear the drumming of a pileated woodpecker. Quite unmistakable, it is our largest woodpecker and it’s easy to distinguish it’s drumming from that of other woodpeckers. A robin is sitting at the very top of a black ash singing with such power, and he has been at it since 3:30 am, that’s 3 hours now. He just doesn’t want to stop. Robins are like that. Oh, there he goes now, down onto the lawn, looking for breakfast. Most likely his mate is sitting on eggs now. So he will bring the first bunch of worms and bugs back to her before looking for his own meal.
Flowers are starting to bloom now, besides the dandelions. I found some wild strawberries beginning to bloom yesterday. In my landlord’s garden her Iceland poppies have started to bloom as well. Look at that, a little chipping sparrow has landed on the deck down by my feet. A very small but friendly little bird. And over there on the lawn is a clay-colored sparrow. Didn’t get to see many sparrows this spring since it was such a late spring. The sparrows came and left rather quickly so I was unable to get pictures of them all.
And here is Rusty, one of my chipmunks. I have been waiting for him to show up. I never get tired of these little critters, they are just so cute and friendly. And over there, just beyond the fence is Chatter, one of the female squirrels, and the noisiest of the group. She enjoys sitting on that old stump while eating her peanuts. And here comes Choco, another female, wearing her beautiful brown coat. Oh, she stopped, she gets nervous when she sees people. I’m still trying to make friends with that one. She actually seemed friendlier earlier this spring. Oh well.
Well, looks like the coffee pot is empty, and I know you all have a busy day ahead, and for some of you the day is coming to a close. But the weekend is close, a time when most can relax and spend time doing things you enjoy. I have enjoyed the time here with you today, I hope you will enjoy the rest of your day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin. ( featured image at top is a white-crowned sparrow)
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