Good morning everyone on this beautiful Saturday! Yes, it is a bit chilly, 16F (-9C), but it looks like we will see the sun today, at least for awhile, so that is always a nice thing. Not much bird activity this morning, but the chickadees are here and one nuthatch. There is 8 blue jays, so they are picking up in numbers. And one each of hairy and downy woodpeckers. I have not seen the grosbeaks or redpolls this morning. That was kind of expected due to the rock doves which are currently sitting in the tree waiting for food. I’m hoping to discourage them now and maybe the other birds will come back. I’m hoping anyway. Though it doesn’t usually work that way. If they find a good food source elsewhere then they won’t come back. But there might be other grosbeaks in the area that are still looking for a good food source for the winter. We’ll see anyway.
It’s fun watching those blue jays come diving in for their peanuts from high in the trees, wings flat against their body until they are about a foot away, then their wings spread open to stop them. They really know how to do it. And I always enjoy watching them. Hmm, they are just sitting in the tree right now, that means they are out of peanuts and it’s time to give them some more anyway. I wonder if Jasper is around yet? I’ll be right back. There, the blue jays are happy once more. Some carry them a long distance. Three of them are sitting on their favorite branches breaking open those shells to get the treasure within. A male hairy woodpecker is after his breakfast again. This is his second trip this morning. Unless there are two of them. Kind of hard to tell unless I see them both at the same time so I know there is 2. Then I would need to find something different in them so I could tell them apart easily. I haven’t seen a female woodpecker yet this season, and that is odd. However, I don’t look out the window all the time so it’s possible for one to be here and I just haven’t seen her yet.
Today I want to share a couple pics of a younger Jasper back in July when he was trying to jump onto the feeder. Poor little guy kept trying and kept falling off and dropping to the ground among the raspberry plants. He finally learned how though. I hope you all have a great Saturday and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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