Good morning to everyone! I do hope you are feeling well and having a sunny day thus far! Please help yourself to some coffee, sit back and relax for a bit. You know, it’s not necessary for the sun to shine in order to have a sunny day. Even on cloudy days the sun still shines brightly. But sometimes we just have to look beyond the clouds to see the sun. And with that sunshine we can go out with a smile on our face. It’s another milder morning here, with a temp of 18F (-8C) and mostly cloudy. The blue jays are busy getting peanuts. There is only 6 of them this morning, getting less all the time. I also saw 2 chickadees and a redpoll. Not exactly a busy morning.
Perhaps it’s the mild winter we are having so far that is keeping the birds away. Though that was never a problem before. I know that when walking down to the river this year I never saw many chickadees or nuthatches. So that could mean numbers are down for those birds. I’m wondering if perhaps a hawk has decided to hang around this winter. That can happen in mild years. And they can really clean up the smaller birds. There are times when the small birds suddenly disappear for awhile. That means a predator in the area. But it could be a shrike as well. But they don’t go after blue jays since jays fight back, and they are the same size. And the jays will chase the shrike from their area which helps the small birds. A hawk is a different matter, they are bad for all the birds.
A deer must have been killed by a train. The last couple of days there has been quite a few ravens flying around, plus at least a couple bald eagles. There is one eagle sitting at the top of a large spruce tree right now. I would try for a picture but there are too many branches in the way from a large birch tree out here. And it’s in a rather awkward location to get any closer to it. Oh, there it flies now, going back down for more food I guess. I hope it wasn’t Major. Today we have a couple different winter bird pics to share, a female redpoll sitting in the snow looking for seeds, and a goldfinch wearing it’s winter feathers. In summer this bird is bright yellow. I hope you all have a wonderful day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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