Hello everyone on this cloudy winter’s day. It’s a bit on the chilly side out there, but still, things will get worse. After all, winter is still just starting. But at -7C (20F), it’s still not bad for standing outside with bare hands feeding the chickadees. I always enjoy when they land on my hand. The females have such a gentle touch when they land, can barely feel them. The males and young however, have quite a grip when they land, so it’s a good thing they are small. But this is definitely a wonderful pleasure.
Right now I am trying to get the gray jays more friendly and one of them will come quite close. But so far he won’t land on my hand. I’m hoping that will change soon though, as long as the weather doesn’t get too cold. I like having gray jays landing on my hand, they are a fun bird, about the same size as a blue jay. I did have Baxter the blue jay landing on my knee to get peanuts, but I haven’t been out much lately so he isn’t so brave any more. I’m sure that would change quickly if I could spend more time out there again. Again, more wonderful pleasures.
I’m also trying to get a little downy woodpecker to come to my hand. He has gotten very brave and I can stand close to him at the feeder. So I’m hoping he will take that next step and come to my hand. And then to get a picture of all these birds doing this. I have actually had many different species of birds land on my hand over the years. With some it takes a bit more patience than others. But I find it very enjoyable and really, a great way to calm any worries you might have. All of these things are real pleasures and real treasures.
Though I am not a fan of winter, I will admit there can be some beauty found in the winter landscape. Trees that are covered with new snow. The sun’s beams glistening on that snow and causing the snow to sparkle with millions of tiny diamonds. It can even bring a coziness, especially at Christmas. Fresh squirrel tracks in new fallen snow. A little squirrel’s head poking up through the snow from one of his numerous tunnels down below, head covered with snow. Real pleasures and treasures.
Well, guess I didn’t really say too much today,🤔 but I hope you were able to enjoy it anyway.😀⛄ I hope you all have a wonderful day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.😁😸
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