Good morning to all of you on this somewhat frigid Christmas Eve day! I made sure there was extra coffee this morning, we will definitely need it. First thing this morning I get dressed to go outside, that takes about 10 minutes with all those extra clothes so I can put food out for the birds. Then a loud “CREEAAAK” as my door slowly opens against that mass of cold air. Then “CRUNCH, CRUNCH…” as I walk on the snow across the deck to the feeders. Then “BOOM, POP, CRACK…” as the wood deck complains about the polar air enveloping everything this morning. I put the food out as quickly as possible today and return inside to warm up from that bone-chilling cold that penetrated right through my clothes within minutes. Such is life with a temperature of -31F (-35C).
I pity those poor birds living outside in that numbing cold. Especially those little chickadees, nuthatches and redpolls. There isn’t much to those tiny birds. Chickadees were here bright and early this morning as usual, quickly getting at those seeds, though I think all of them went for the suet first. That’s a quick source of energy for those little birds, helping them to stay warm while they start working on the sunflower seeds which are a longer lasting source of energy and vitamins for them. Chickadees and nuthatches will often, if they are able, hide some food close by where they roost for the night so they have some food available first thing in the morning to give them a good start for the day. I have watched them both take a sunflower seed with them when they head off to their roosting spots in late afternoon.
This morning Theodore showed up the same time as the first chickadees and he was certainly fluffed out trying to keep himself warm. While he stood on the feeder eating he kept one leg up hidden under his feathers, then after a bit he switched legs. Not easy keeping those long legs of his warm in this weather. He will spend the day switching legs like that except for when he has to walk around. But he had himself a good breakfast then disappeared somewhere else for awhile. He will be back again later I’m sure. Heloisa, the female hairy woodpecker was also here very early today, she’s getting a bit braver so hopefully I can get a pic of her soon. On a warmer day. Muffin and I thank you all for stopping by today and we hope it’s not so cold where you live. MERRY CHRISTMAS to each and every one of you as well from Muffin and I!!
Steve and Muffin.
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