Good morning everyone! The coffee is ready, nice and hot, just help yourself and relax with us for awhile. It’s a mild morning with a temp of 15F (-9C), cloudy and white. That means we got some new snow overnight, about 2 inches (5cm). Which is what they forecast, which is a first for this winter. Jasper is out there running around in the trees pretending to be a snowplow again. I’m sure he must really enjoy that and he certainly makes that snow fly! There he goes again, only this time he’s running on those big branches upside down. Amazing how fast he can go on the underside of those branches!
The hairy woodpecker is here so the downy woodpecker has to wait his turn, after all, he’s only half the size of the hairy woodpecker. Actually he doesn’t even look that big. While I was outside shoveling the snow off my deck, it was still dark, and the goldeneye ducks kept flying past heading to the river. Some were in small flocks, some were alone, but all heading to the same general place. That place is below the dam, must be good fishing right there. They will spread out all along the open water, but the favorite spot is right below the dam. The chickadees were here first again and Theodore, the wild turkey, came about the same time. He startled me a bit when he flew in and landed on the feeder. “Hi Theodore,” I said. Gerbil, gerbil (pronounced grr bil, quite quiet). “You want to know when spring arrives? That’s a long time yet,” I tell him. Gerbil, gerbil? “Yes, winter can be long around here. This must be your first winter.” Gerbil, gerbil. “Yes, it can get cold too, sometimes that cold can last for weeks. Gerbil, gerbil! “No, you won’t die, and there is always lots of food here for you.” Gerbil, gerbil. “You’re welcome.
What happened to your tail?” Gerbil, gerbil! “Oh, it keeps getting caught in the branches. That would be a problem. But it will grow out nicely for spring so you can use it to attract a mate.” Gerbil, gerbil. “Oh, you haven’t seen any other turkeys around here. Hmm, that’s a problem, but maybe more will show up in the spring. I’ll let you eat now.” Gerbil, gerbil. “You’re welcome.” After Theodore was finished he jumped to the ground. A bunch of little birds flew up when he did and Jasper went running back up a tree. I guess Theodore’s size scares the other critters at times. The evening grosbeaks have arrived, the feeder is completely full and there is still many sitting in the trees waiting to come down. They’ve started filling the hanging feeder too. I’m glad that feeder has worked out so well. Thank you so much for coming today. Have a wonderful day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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