Morning Coffee At Steve’s Country #3.

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.

Female Redpoll

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.

Goldfinch in winter

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.

Β©2020 Steve McLeod.

73 Comments on “Morning Coffee At Steve’s Country #3.

  1. “A hawk is a different matter, they are bad for all the birds.” not bad for the hawk. lol it needs to eat too. a hawk has been seen around my place the last 2 weeks and the doves and quail are quite nervous and scatter at the slightest noise.

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  2. I admitβ€”I do enjoy watching the birds of prey such as hawks….getting the poop knocked out of them by the ravens! Ravens rule the air! πŸ™ˆπŸ–πŸ˜Ί

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    • Ravens and crows do hate the hawks and owls. One time I saw a raven chase an eagle, the eagle got fed up finally and flipped over on his back when the raven got close…and the eagle had lunch.πŸ˜³πŸ–πŸ˜Ί

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      • The other day I watched two ravens chase away a third. It was like fighter pilots doing barrel rolls! Feathers falling out of the sky….πŸ˜πŸ–πŸ˜Ί. Eagles are super cool, eh? Big birds

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      • Sounds like a raven strayed into the wrong territory! Yes, those eagles can get big, there is always lots of them down at the river.πŸ˜ƒπŸ–πŸ˜Έ

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  3. It certainly has been an unusual winter so far. Maybe the little birds are still able to find a little food in the woods? Hate to think of them as food for a bigger bird!😳😲

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  4. Good morning Steve even if is another day here πŸ€ͺ
    I’m sorry for the deer….I hate it when accidents like this happens…trains, cars…πŸ˜–
    The pictures are so beautiful 🐦 😍
    Wish you a wonderful day, no matter what day it is πŸ˜‰

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    • Hi Ribana! Yes, another day, nice today even though cloudy.πŸ˜ƒπŸŒ¨πŸŒžβ˜•β˜•
      Yes, animals don’t understand vehicles and the dangers of them. Trains kill deer every year around here, as do other vehicles.😳😬
      Thank you Ribana! I hope you have a great day as well!πŸ˜€πŸ˜ΊπŸ˜»

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  5. Are you sure? }Mild winter? This is hell -8C 😳 and u say it’s mild πŸ™„ i should call a sensitivity doctor to check Ontario citizens πŸ˜• because I hear they say -8c is a mild winter 😫 Have a wonderful weekend Sunday πŸ€—πŸ’

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    • Oh, but it is mild,πŸ˜› the cold weather is coming!πŸ€ͺ It will start to get colder a bit later this week, but still not real cold.πŸ₯ΆπŸ™€ Hope you have a great evening!😁😺

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      • Seriously πŸ™„ so what is a real cold πŸ˜•πŸ˜³ all I know is one thing, I cannot survive in Ontario,πŸ˜œπŸ€£πŸ˜‚ as it’s like surviving in moon without spacesuit for me πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚

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      • When the temp gets down to -30C to -40C, then it’s cold. The coldest on record here in our town is -62C! A friend and I went for a 2km walk that day. It stayed that cold day and night for 5 days. People were warned not to go outside. Most everything closed down.

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      • -62C 😫 my god I fainted already. That is the worst of the worse πŸ™„ such a cold temp, not sure I could survive such changeπŸ˜³πŸ˜• But happy that you all have learnt survive, so that is Human, we could survive any place, all it takes experience and intelligence to live πŸ˜ŽπŸ‘

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      • Yep, we adapt, though it’s not easy when it gets super cold,πŸ₯ΆπŸ§Š even with all our warm clothes we tend to stay indoors most of the time.πŸ˜³πŸ™„πŸ₯Ά You definitely wouldn’t like it here!😁😱

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      • 😳 you should motivate us on how to survive and have fun at this place 😜 maybe that way you’ll have a plenty of population at your village πŸ˜‹

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      • πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚ isn’t it fun, full of white snow, fall in like a bed and bit between invisible rocks and get broken πŸ˜œπŸ˜‚

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      • Fall in the snow is nice and soft, but you might not find your way out again!😳😳πŸ€ͺπŸ€ͺ Especially if it is 2 meters deep!😲😲

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      • 2 metres deep πŸ™„πŸ€”πŸ˜³ that’s scary 😐 how about a boot that is 2 metres talk πŸ˜‹πŸ˜œπŸ€£πŸ˜‚

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      • That’s why we have snowshoes for walking on top of the snow. Just don’t fall. That’s bad stuff!πŸ˜³πŸ˜³πŸ™€πŸ™€

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