Good morning and Happy Friday to everyone! Although the temp is no different it feels colder this morning than it did yesterday. Perhaps the humidity is higher today, that always makes it feel colder. It’s a great morning to sit indoors with a hot cup of coffee and watch the birds outside. Everyone has been here for their breakfast already this morning, even Jasper showed up bright and early. Surprisingly the blue jays stayed out of Jasper’s way this morning so he had a relatively good morning. That might really mess him up though. But he did get a lot of peanuts, except for maybe a few that he lost to the watchful eye of the blue jays. They waited for him to hide his peanuts, then they went down and took it. But even watching Jasper hide them sometimes the blue jay was unable to find the peanut. I thought that was rather odd. After getting his peanuts he stopped to eat one and then went for a good run through the trees!
While he was doing that Theodore came for his breakfast. I almost was able to get him to eat from my hand, he was so close, but then he decided against it. One of these days. Our northern birds are coming down now. Yesterday there was a flock of snow buntings that flew past. I have had them at my feeders years ago, but not recently. They are a ground feeding bird so it’s not easy getting them to come to a feeder, usually they eat any seeds that fall to the ground. Also yesterday some pine grosbeaks showed up, they are about 3 weeks earlier than normal. There was 6 of them and they came to the feeder right away. Perhaps they were some of the ones I had here 2 winters ago. We didn’t have any pine grosbeaks last winter which was very odd. So now I’m just waiting for the redpolls to show up. We get both the common and hoary redpolls nearly every winter. Except they too were missing last winter. Hopefully they will be back this year.
The featured image is one of our blue jays after the snow arrived. The other two pics show the male and female of the pine grosbeaks. These birds are the largest of our grosbeaks and they also have slightly smaller beaks than the other grosbeaks. I hope you all have a great day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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