Good morning everyone! It was cold going out with the bird feeders this morning, but there’s still no snow on the ground so that’s a good thing. But for me I would have to say that winter has started, the temps are certainly cold enough, the ground is freezing, and there is snow flurries. Amazingly there is still a lot of little juncos around, but they are tough birds usually staying until the last minute. I think there is only one sparrow around now, a white-throated sparrow. The purple finches decided to leave and most of the pine siskins as well. Jasper was here this morning, briefly anyway, to get a few peanuts. Seeing those blue jays out there kind of made him go crazy for a bit. He was running around all over the place trying to chase them. They would just jump up and come right back down after Jasper went past. Finally he just came, took a peanut and left. Those blue jays are just not as much fun as the chipmunks. Poor Jasper. He’s going to have a long winter. This will be his first winter too. Maybe he’ll have fun playing in the snow like other squirrels. I keep telling him the chipmunks will be back in the spring. So we sit side by side while he eats his peanut, both longing for spring to return even though it is a long, long wait. The deer were back this morning as well, eating the last of the leaves on the raspberry plants. The leaves are still green even though frozen solid. The evening grosbeaks were just here for their breakfast, they eat fast, cheerfully chirping and occasionally getting into some “discussions”.
The featured image shows several “evening grosbeaks” at the feeder while the pic just above shows a lone male evening grosbeak. I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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