Good morning and Happy Monday everyone! Wow, these weeks go by so fast sometimes. It’s 22F (-6C) this morning with a fairly strong southwest wind making it feel much colder. However, warmer weather is on the way and by Thursday we should be back in the 40’s (8C), which is quite amazing really and hard to believe as well. And that milder weather is supposed to stay with us for at least 10 days or so. That is also hard to believe. But it will be nice if it happens. The feeders were busy yesterday. There are at least 38 evening grosbeaks every day now and 6 pine grosbeaks, plus well over a hundred juncos, a couple white throated sparrows, 3 fox sparrows, I tree sparrow, 14 blue jays, 1 gray jay, 1 hairy woodpecker, plus many chickadees and nuthatches, and still a few pine siskins.
I heard some redpolls fly overhead this morning when I went out to feed the birds. It was just getting light, amazing that any birds are awake that early, but redpolls are early birds. The juncos were awake then as well, waiting for their breakfast. The grosbeaks have finally showed up for their breakfast too. I haven’t seen Theodore since Saturday, I hope he didn’t decide to go elsewhere. Or worse. He was trying to cross the street Saturday evening which is never a good idea. Jasper was here a lot yesterday as well and he showed up briefly for breakfast. It was a bit cool to sit out there with him this morning however. Better to sit inside with my coffee and play with Muffin. We played “mouse in the house” this morning. A game we play with her favorite stuffed mouse. She was really going this morning, flying around here so fast! Now she’s tired out and having her morning nap.
Well, our flowers today are all on the pink side starting with our featured image which is a geranium flower just beginning to open. The next one is a wild rose and although it might not be as beautiful as the typical garden roses, it does have an amazingly beautiful scent. And the last pic is the spreading dogbane which is a terrible name for a very beautiful little flower. The dogbane is also a wildflower which is very common all through our area. Bees and hummingbirds love these little flowers. Thank you all for your nice wishes for my recovery. This was a severe pain attack which I get sometimes in my back and can really slow me down when that happens. This is an ongoing problem due to having polio as a child. I am feeling a bit better today, but it hasn’t gone away totally. It usually lasts a few days. I hope everyone has a truly marvelous Monday and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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