Daily Pics #313.

Good morning and Happy Friday everyone! Very heavy clouds this morning so once again I need to have lights on inside or it’s actually very dark in here. Oh well, it is winter, days are short and often very dull looking due to clouds. On the plus side, cloudy days mean milder temps in the winter, so that part is nice. But they also generally mean snow. Such as today. We did get a bit of snow overnight, about 2.5 inches (6.5cm). And it is still snowing lightly. Too dark for nice pictures though unfortunately. Still not many birds around and that is unusual. Normally snow will really bring the birds to the feeders. There was one male pine grosbeak and one male evening grosbeak. And 2 dozen rock doves keeping all the others away. With me trying to chase the rock doves away. I’m losing the battle it seems. Which means losing my birds for the winter, which will make for a rather dull winter around Steve’s Country.

I just put some more peanuts out. Jasper was about 200 feet away playing in a tree, but he heard those peanuts drop on the step. He stopped. And looked. Then he came running through the trees amazingly fast and got here before the blue jays had taken them all. I’m not going to get this finished, I have to keep getting up to chase those rock doves. Sigh. I guess it’s good exercise getting up like that, so that’s a plus. But the grosbeaks are trying to get down to the feeder right now, but they can’t. I wonder if those rock doves will actually give up after a while? Have to wait and see I guess. Where was I? Oh right, Jasper. He seemed to be having a lot of fun in the trees this morning, running along the branches acting like a snow plow and clearing all the snow off, really making it fly. And making himself white. But he was too far away for a picture on a day like this. But he did look cute covered with snow. Perhaps another day.

Black-capped chickadee on my hand.

Well, for our male and female bird pics today we have my favorite little black-capped chickadee. Can you tell which is which? I hope you have a wonderful Friday and God bless!

Steve and Muffin.

Β©2020 Steve McLeod.

24 Comments on “Daily Pics #313.

  1. Jasper is fun 😍 Where did you go in the middle? that’s muffin that brought you back isn’t itπŸ˜‹ Good Job Muffin 😁 Your little friend is so cute in your hand 😍 With less day light and more artificial light, Life is light? isnt it?😜 yeah I know, I talk crazy, no need to mention πŸ˜‚. Have a happy Friday ✨πŸ₯³πŸ₯³πŸ₯³

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    • I was just going back and forth chasing the rock doves away so I finally stood at the door for a while so I could chase them more quickly.πŸ™„πŸ˜Ύ Sigh. They’re winning.πŸ€ͺ Guess I will have to stop feeding. Too bad.πŸ˜’πŸ˜• Light is important, lack of light in this part of the world in winter leads to SAD in a lot of people. πŸ˜•πŸ˜žThat’s “seasonal affective disorder” and can get quite serious for people.
      Your Friday is over so happy weekend Simon!😁😺🌞

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      • That’s fun part of feeding birds 😁 why miss it by not doing it 🀠 Keep feeding 😊. And this is new, seasonal affective disorder 🧐😳 very new . Hope you are not affected by this, if yes, pls recover from it πŸ˜‡ I’m sure you are strong enough to handle such thing. My Friday is over yesterday night, now yours over too 😁Happy Weekend ✨πŸ₯³πŸ₯³

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      • Yep, week is done, now time for fun!πŸ₯³πŸ€Έβ€β™‚️ I think.πŸ€” Hard to keep feeding the birds when there is no birds to feed.πŸ™„πŸ˜³ Sigh. I can’t keep chasing the rock doves and I can’t keep feeding them.😾 We’ll see what happens tomorrow. SAD has affected me before, it can be hard to deal with when days are short and mostly cloudy.πŸ˜’πŸ€ͺ Sunny days make a big difference.🌞 It doesn’t affect me every year though.😁 It did bother me a bit last year because I couldn’t get out much after hurting myself, but it still wasn’t too bad. Time for bed soon,πŸ₯± days go by fast it seems.πŸ™‚ Muffin is already sleeping!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜ΉπŸ˜ΈπŸ˜΄

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      • YesπŸ˜‹Time for fun. Hey you forgot all the little sewing things you do ? try that☺️πŸ₯³ I’m sure you can chase this SAD away. All you have to do is keep yourself active and busy 😁Keep getting busy while sitting, don’t over do anything 😎 and have fun too.πŸ₯³ Good Night Steve πŸ€—πŸ€—

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      • Yep, I’m already lining up sewing projects which I will soon start working on!😁 Yep, no SAD for me this year,πŸ€ͺ the sun is shining here at Steve’s Country!🌞🌞 And Muffin has promised to help out too.😻 I must remember to buy more bandages next time I go shopping.πŸ™„πŸ˜Ή
        Good night Simon and good morning too!πŸ˜πŸŒ™πŸ˜΄πŸŒžπŸ˜ƒ

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      • Haa anyone of you whether Steve or Simon read a book called “the surrender experiment” ?
        or at least a summary of that book ?

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  2. Love the chickadees ! Eating from off your hands is so great ! Have a peaceful sleep ! β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈπŸ˜»πŸ˜΄

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  3. How can you tell which one is make and female? I’ve looked at them but can’t see the difference πŸ€” 🐦
    Jasper is really starting to enjoy winter β„οΈπŸΏ

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    • You’re the first one to try this! It is a hard one for sure since the male and female are identical, except for one thing. But it can’t really be seen in the pics. I’m mean. The top is the male, bottom is the female, I marked the pics so I wouldn’t forget. The female lands very lightly on my hand, the male grabs hold more tightly. How do I know? Much studying of birds over the years. Finding out during nesting season which is the female, then looking for something that I can use to tell the difference easily between the two. Then paying attention to how they land on my hand. It took awhile and I tried it with different species of birds and it seems to be the same with all of them. That goes back to when I was doing bird studies for the Canadian Wildlife Service. Sorry for the long answer. And kind of a trick question!πŸ˜³πŸ™„πŸ˜πŸ˜Ί

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