Good morning everyone on this last day of 2020! I know that some of you are already saying hello to 2021, but we still have some time to go yet. Speaking of going, the coffee is ready, so please go help yourself and then relax with Muffin and I for a few minutes. It’s 12F (-11C) this morning and a few snowflakes falling gently to the ground. The trees are a bit frosty looking this morning due to some fog overnight. Jasper is running over here quickly to get some breakfast doing his snowplow act along one of the big branches, really making that snow fly too!
Chickadees were waiting as I went out with the food this morning. They had food already anyway since I now leave their feeders out all the time. But when I came out the door I heard Theodore’s ‘gerbil, gerbil’ and there he was scratching through the snow looking for food. Until he saw me come out, then he came running over and up he came waiting for me to put the sunflower seeds on the feeder for him. Once those seeds were out he hopped over and started eating. And talking a bit while I filled one of the chickadee feeders that was starting to get low.
All the birds were early getting here this morning, even the blue jays and evening grosbeaks. So were the redpolls and nuthatches. The woodpeckers I guess were about normal. There just seemed to be a big race for food today. Maybe they’re stocking up for the big New Year’s celebrations. There is a lot of evening grosbeaks out there right now, getting quite noisy as arguments erupt over seating arrangements, food orders, etc. It can be quite fun watching them. Pine grosbeaks are much different, very few arguments, very quiet.
But the noisy chatter of the evening grosbeaks is quite nice to hear, knowing that there is a lot of them out there enjoying their breakfast. I have chosen 3 pics of pileated woodpeckers to end the year, I hope you enjoy them. These are large woodpeckers, about the size of crows, though the look even bigger and they have quite a laughing sound that they make. I will be back later with a couple more posts to end the year, one telling of my new schedule for the new year. Muffin and I hope you all have an enjoyable day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
©2020 Steve McLeod.