Good morning everyone and Happy Friday!! For some of you today is already drawing to a close, for others about half way through the day, and for some, like myself, Friday is really just beginning. Well, a couple hours ago anyway, 5 am to be exact. I was getting up at 4:30 before, but I have changed now to 5. The days are already getting noticeably shorter and there isn’t much happening before 5 am now. A few birds still begin singing earlier, like the robins, phoebe (I still have not managed to get a picture of this little bird), the Swainson’s thrush with it’s most beautiful song. I’m sure I could listen to that one for hours and not get tired of it. And those thrushes are usually one of the last birds singing at night too. It’s a great way to fall asleep listening to the birds singing. Also a great way to wake up in the morning. A little chipping sparrow family is around now, so nice to see them with their own young and not with a huge (compared to them) young cowbird.
I think Pocket has really learned to like his new way of dealing with Runner. Seems every time they meet now Pocket leads Runner on a great chase around the flower planters. It starts with Runner chasing Pocket, and it ends with Pocket chasing Runner right off the deck. Then he returns quickly, picks up his 3 peanuts and is gone before Runner figures out that something is wrong and returns, looking around for Pocket who is long gone. So he takes a peanut and off he goes. Yesterday Runner caught Skamper at the peanuts so the chase was on and Skamper jumped straight up in the air which allowed Runner to pass him and he kept on going thinking that Skamper was still ahead of him. But Skamper landed safely behind Runner and watched until Runner was gone off the deck chasing nothing. He then took his 3 peanuts and left before Runner came back. These little chipmunks are coming up with interesting ways of dealing with that squirrel.
And now, the flower pics for today. The featured image at the top is an old fashioned rose from a bush planted by my landlord’s mother back in the 1940s. A more simple rose than most seen today, but what an amazing scent!
And in the photo above are a bunch of “deptford pinks”. They can really add a splash of bright pink to a garden. They are a smaller flower but are packed full of beauty. That’s our pics for today, don’t forget to join us for another chapter of our mystery story a little later. I hope you all have a wonderful day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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