Good morning everyone on this beautiful sunny morning! The trees are looking rather empty and barren these days. But with that morning sun shining on their branches it brings out a new warmth and color to them. Yesterday morning I went out to feed the birds, I just got out the door and noticed Theodore sitting on the post that holds one of the hanging feeders and which is just outside the door. “I hope you haven’t been waiting long Theodore”, I said. Back in I went to get some sunflower seeds for him and spread them on the large feeder. He came over right away and starting feasting. A bird that size can eat a lot of seeds! Wild turkeys like peanuts also but they need to be broken open for them. I don’t plan on feeding him peanuts. At least not before winter. It still looks funny to see that big bird on my bird feeder. But I’m glad he comes around, he’s getting quite tame, and it will be fun having him here this winter. In the afternoon the sun was shining, but still cold. Jasper came looking for peanuts so I sat down and gave him one. He sat beside me and decided to eat the peanut right away.
You really miss those chipmunks, don’t you? He looks at me with sad eyes. Then keeps eating. You don’t like the blue jays? He looks at me and gives a little “chip”. Then keeps eating. You need to find yourself a mate, I told him. He looks at me, gives a bigger “chip”. Then keeps eating. Hmm, no females left on this side of the street? He just looks at me and keeps eating. Don’t cross the street, I said, too dangerous, you might get run over. He gives another little “chip” and keeps eating. We keep sitting there in the sun until he’s finished. Then he comes on my lap looking for more. I give him a nice big peanut, he takes it, looks up at me, then runs off. That’s twice we have been able to sit together. Maybe he just needs someone to talk with. There was a nice treat this morning. A gray jay showed up so I ran outside with some food for him. He came and got it right away and off he went. Then he was back a few minutes later, got some more food and this time flew back across the street, which is where they live. There is actually 3 of them that I have seen this fall, but they have never come to my feeder. But I haven’t been putting out food for them because I don’t want the crows coming back again. They eat the same food. Gray jays don’t eat seeds or peanuts, they want bread or meat. It was so nice having him come to the feeder again. Too bad I didn’t have my camera ready. The only pics I have of gray jays are in the winter, which is normally the only time they come to the feeder. It would be nice to get a pic without snow around.
Our featured image today is the northern bedstraw. This is a wildflower that produces loose clusters of tiny flowers and thrives for a good portion of the summer. In the pic above is the water smartweed, another wildflower that is really very beautiful and also produces tiny flowers, in this case pink. Only a few open at a time so the flowers are in bloom for quite a while mostly in July. There are a lot of them down by our river. I hope you all have a beautiful day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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