Good morning everyone! The coffee is ready so please help yourself! And Muffin is also ready, jumping with excitement, waiting for you to drop by for a visit with us again. We hope that all of you are feeling well and that your day is off to a great start. Here it is cloudy once more, but not very cold with a temperature of 14F (-10C), but there is a strong wind out there now which always makes it feel colder. And I see that some light snow has begun falling once more as well. Do you remember Major, that big buck that comes around once in awhile? He was here yesterday afternoon when I went out to shovel snow, but he ran a bit which I think was due to the shovel.
So I put it down and started to walk over to Major talking nicely to him. That made him stop and stand tall looking at me. I stopped, but kept talking and then he took a few steps towards me. We were within 10 feet of each other but I couldn’t get any closer. If he would just come every day we would be good friends by now. Quite amazing that a deer that size, who could easily kill me if he wanted, would actually make friends. It has happened with other deer, even bigger than Major. There are 5 blue jays out here this morning. And what’s this I see? Up there in the birch tree, Baxter is opening his peanut, then he flies over to another branch where Betty is sitting. He moves over beside her and feeds her the peanut which she gladly accepts! The yearly ritual of securing mates. So nice to watch this. Blue jays, and our gray jays too, mate for life. Many of our birds do in fact. But they still go through their rituals each year anyway.
Mating for life means that they always choose the same mate each year, but if one dies then they will choose a new mate. Sometimes people think that they won’t choose a new mate when one dies, but if that happened the species would soon go extinct. Jasper is here too, he had his breakfast and now he is busy chasing the blue jays around in the trees. I think he probably enjoys it, good exercise. I don’t see Jenny around though. This morning we have a couple more pictures of white-tailed deer to share with you. Muffin and I thank you for stopping in for a few minutes this morning to join us in a relaxing cup of coffee. Have a wonderful day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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