Good morning to everyone on this rather frosty morning! It is -2C (28F) this morning with a bit of sunshine and a cold wind. But the birds are very active this morning, especially the blue jays which I had a hard time counting today, but I would say there was 14 of them. Plus the 3 dozen or so evening grosbeaks and the juncos, chickadees, sparrows and pine siskins. And that beautiful Fox is still here. There is at least one, but there could be more. No, I’m not talking about a four legged fox with a big bushy tail, this is a fox sparrow, which is our largest sparrow with coloring similar to a fox. I didn’t get to see any this spring which is the usual time to see them as they head north. They breed further north and only pass through during spring and fall migration. I like those fox sparrows. But it’s hard to get a good picture of them, they are a very shy bird. And, Skamper showed up this morning! He was actually here yesterday afternoon as well. I had gone out to feed the birds and I felt this tugging at my jeans. I look down and there’s Skamper stretched as high as he could stand looking at me. So I sat down with him for a bit while he filled himself with peanuts. He has made several trips this morning already. That is so amazing to see chipmunks this time of year, and on such a frosty morning too. Plus Skamper should have plenty of food for the winter already. But it was so nice to see him again anyway.
And Jasper was here for awhile too, but he and Skamper never met. But the blue jays were here with Jasper which he didn’t like and finally Jasper had enough and the chase was on! The blue jays would just jump up and back down behind Jasper as he tried to chase them. Or they would taunt him by coming close, snapping their beaks and then flying out of the way. Jasper was getting a bit “upset” by all of this and ran after Big Blue, the biggest blue jay, even running on his hind feet trying to reach higher in the air! That is something you just don’t see every day! Another time he chased one who just kept hopping away in front of Jasper and Jasper kept jumping after the blue jay, never even getting close. I called Jasper over and gave him a nice big peanut. He sat for a minute holding the peanut, then looked at me and left. I think he was trying to say, “we just have to do something about those blue jays.” It gave me some good laughs this morning.
Our featured image today shows some daisies, pinks and a Shirley poppy near the front of the pic. Then the pic above is a white clover with a couple tiny insects on it. Muffin and I hope you all have a most wonderful day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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