Good morning everyone! I hope you all had a most wonderful Christmas day! The coffee is ready, just help yourself and relax with us again this morning. It’s milder this morning with a temp of 12F (-11C), plus it’s cloudy with those lazy kind of snowflakes slowly falling and twirling through the air until they gently land. There’s not enough snow to be a problem, but it is that kind of snow that looks pretty and peaceful. The birds are busily eating and chirping out there this morning. There was just a few each of the pine and evening grosbeaks this morning and they have actually been here for about an hour now. There are nervous birds though, especially the evening grosbeaks and fly off for no reason at all it seems. If the pine grosbeaks are here by themselves, then they will just sit and eat.
There are about 15 chickadees today, same as yesterday afternoon, which is the highest number yet. I haven’t seen Jasper around this morning, or any other squirrel. Both the hairy and the downy woodpeckers have been here for their breakfast. I put out some fresh suet this morning as the suet cages were nearly empty. I haven’t seen the nuthatches yet today and that’s kind of odd, they usually show up quite early. Theodore hasn’t been here either, but then, he’s never too regular anyway. Mama, one of my deer friends, was here yesterday and came running up to me right away to say hi. She likes to be rubbed on her nose, well, not really her nose, I guess it’s more like her upper jaw. Okay, rub, rub.
Now, I tell her, I need to get past, she’s blocking my walkway. She looks at me. I try again, she just turns her head to the side a bit. Now, how does one move a 250 pound animal out of the way? Friendly as they can be, they are still a wild animal, and can be dangerous. Something that always needs to be remembered. But it’s also necessary to never show fear, because that makes them nervous, and even more dangerous. With one kick of her front leg she can knock a 180 pound man off his feet, and then trample him to death. It has happened. So I’m always careful with these critters. So I just start walking and she kindly moves out of the way so I can walk past. Thank you I tell her. I hope you all have a beautiful day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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