Daily Pics #253.

Good morning everyone! It’s a beautiful, sunny fall morning, the birds are busy, the chipmunks are chipping, Jasper is chasing, things are normal. But I have noticed something. I had 7 chipmunks coming this summer, then it dropped to 6, now it’s down to 5 coming each day. But why? It’s too early for them to hide away for the winter and none of them have to cross the street, so no car problems. Hard to figure why they would stop coming around. Suddenly this morning the crows and blue jays really start squawking. It’s the alarm calls. Muffin wants the door open so she can see better. She knows that alarm call means some interesting action outside. We both look around along the ground, probably a cat, though the birds seemed more excited than usual. A hawk, or owl perhaps? I start looking in the trees.

There it is! It’s a pine marten. I haven’t seen one of those critters for a long time. Beautiful little animals, but…deadly enemies of squirrels and chipmunks, two of the main meals for the pine marten. That’s what happened to the two chipmunks without a doubt. That warning call has come many times and I have not seen what the problem was, because I was not looking in the right spot. Pine marten are kind of like a large weasel, or a small otter, which they are relatives. Marten will go after weasels too. Weasels are another deadly enemy of the squirrels and chipmunks. And because there are a lot of chipmunks here right now, that would attract their enemies. It’s too bad he stayed hidden enough behind branches that I couldn’t get a picture. And it’s another of these critters that doesn’t like to sit still unless it’s after something. I hope it doesn’t stay around too much or I could lose more of my chipmunks. But it would be nice to get a good picture of one.

Zinnias and friend.

Today we get the last of the zinnia pics, I hope you will enjoy their bright and colorful beauty, the orange zinnia at the top compliments of Cicco. Have a wonderful Wednesday and God bless!

Steve and Muffin.

ยฉ2020 Steve McLeod.

34 Comments on “Daily Pics #253.

  1. Finally, the orange one ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ so beautiful โœจ๐Ÿค— and Pine Marten ๐Ÿ˜ฑ OMG , sad news for the chipmunks, hope they are careful these days. And Muffin must have enjoyed the beautiful sight ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ธ Hope she is warm ๐Ÿ˜ผ and you are warm too ๐Ÿง Stay safe, Don’t bother about posting the zinnias again, they look so beautiful ๐Ÿ˜โœจ๐Ÿ’ Have a wonderful day โœจ๐Ÿค—

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    • Yes, I finally got the orange zinnia pic to upload,๐Ÿ˜œ don’t know what it was such a problem,๐Ÿค” but glad it worked now.๐Ÿ˜€ It’s a beautiful fall day, cold but warm, sunny but cloudy, great day for a cool walk!๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿž

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      • I think that’s may be the orange one is having an ego that it’s the most beautiful one of all ๐Ÿ˜œ… and warm days thats good news ๐Ÿ˜โœจ๐Ÿ˜‰ Have a safe walking ๐Ÿ˜ธ Stay warm ๐Ÿ˜

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      • The sudden arrival of clouds and rain stopped my walking, so indoor workouts again today! Have a good night Simon!๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒ™๐Ÿ˜ด

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      • ๐Ÿ˜ต๐Ÿ˜ฑWhy Why Why ๐Ÿ˜ต Again it’s cold ๐Ÿ™„ sigh, Stay warm Steve didnt expect that ๐Ÿง unpredictable climate as always ๐Ÿ˜Ž U mut be in bed now, have a peaceful night โœจ๐Ÿค—

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      • It made it to 12C today,๐Ÿ˜ณ not as warm as it was supposed to be. Yep, I’m just on my way to bed,๐Ÿฅฑ busy morning coming up. Have a great day Simon!๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒ™๐Ÿ˜ด

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      • Just 12 C ๐Ÿ™„ I’ll cover myself like ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿค” like ๐Ÿค” what was that supposed to be called as ๐Ÿ™„ forget it ๐Ÿ˜ต. Have a peaceful Night Steve ๐Ÿฅฐโœจ๐Ÿค—

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      • Jacket weather ๐Ÿค” I think I heard that, I think I call it buffalo skin ๐Ÿค” no no a tanned buffalo skin ๐Ÿค” no no, a tanned stitched designed buffalo skin ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ™„ I’m going far, forget it again ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜ต

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      • Yep, more like Biker jacket but thicker and warmer, but not like winter jacket that looks like being stuffed with pillows.๐Ÿ˜

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      • ๐Ÿค”Yup, they do that isn’t it ๐Ÿ™„strange behaviour of human on this planet ๐Ÿ˜ณ How about we have some wires and mini batteries to charge ourselves warm ๐Ÿค” why nobody tried that๐Ÿ™„or is it whoever tried is not alive ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜ต I’m thinking too much.๐Ÿ˜‚

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      • We do have electric heated jackets here, and electric heated mitts and electric heated socks. That last one wouldn’t be good for me since I’m always getting my socks wet.๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

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      • ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ต are you sure ๐Ÿง๐Ÿค” they haven’t got copyright from me ๐Ÿ™„ it’s my idea right ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿค” and you could try water proof socks ๐Ÿ˜œ

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  2. I had a Dalmation named Martin once. But he liked watching the squirrels not chasing them. I hope it goes back to the forrest and keaves your friends alone. Have a great day Steve!๐Ÿ˜

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  3. Pretty flowers ! Sure hope you do not lose anymore chipmunks, squirrels and the sweet chickadees ! โ˜•๏ธโ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿฅœ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿคญ๐Ÿ˜ปโ€ผ๏ธ

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