Good morning everyone! I hope you are all well today. Still cloudy here but the weather is very nice really, especially considering this is winter. It was fairly mild yesterday, but the wind made it feel a bit chilly. Jasper came around in the afternoon so I went outside to sit with him for a bit. I gave him a peanut and he sat down to eat it. “How’s things going?” Chip. “Oh, yes, I saw the blue jays were giving you a hard time. How are you enjoying your first winter?” He looks at me again. Chip! It was a bit louder this time. “Oh, I see, the snow is cold on your feet. But there’s fun coming up, you’ll get to dig tunnels in the snow.” Chip. “Yes, squirrels dig tunnels, it’s fun, you can run around under the snow and no one can see you. Good for hiding peanuts too, the blue jays can’t see where you hide them.”
Chip. “Yes, you mentioned that the snow is cold on your feet. But you will enjoy those tunnels, honest.” Chip. “Right, here’s a big peanut.” He ran away with that one. And he never came back. But it was late afternoon, the sun was setting, guess he went home with that last peanut. I wonder where he lives? I hope you don’t mind my little conversation with Jasper. It’s fun sometimes. Don’t worry, I won’t do it often, too cold this time of year for one thing! Not many birds around this morning. All the chickadees were here and a few redpolls. One hairy woodpecker. One male pine grosbeak was here for a few minutes until the rock doves chased him away. There is only 2 blue jays this morning, Baxter and Betty. What happened to all the others? This is winter. Birds don’t leave their feeding site unless there is danger involved, but I can’t imagine the blue jays being scared of the rock doves. There is more than 20 of those rock doves this morning however. This could be a bad winter.
For our continuing look at male and female birds this morning we have 2 from the summer. The featured image at the top is a female goldfinch and the pic above is the male. They are nice, bright birds to have around. I hope you all have a wonderful day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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