Good morning to all of you! It’s time for some coffee and a few minutes to relax here at Steve’s Country! Muffin is at the door ready to greet everyone, just bouncing around with excitement. It’s cloudy again with a nice temp of 21F (-6C) and the birds are already busy this morning. It was dark when I went out to put food on the feeders this morning. When I came back in I just stood at the window and watched for a while. It wasn’t long and there was a little daylight beginning to show out there, and something caught my eye. On the one small feeder was a chickadee getting his breakfast! I think these birds are pretending to be owls. That is amazingly early for the chickadees to be out.
Not too long after, Mama showed up with her young one. Actually it isn’t really her young one. The fawn’s mother must have been killed and Mama adopted her. They have bonded well together, and Mama won’t let the other deer give “her” little one a hard time, she will chase them away. And that’s not too hard for her since she’s the biggest female around here right now. She even chases the younger bucks. Speaking of chasing. Jasper was here sitting on a branch and the other squirrel came along from across the next street. Jasper waited, sitting still as could be, watching. The other squirrel came close and Jasper pounced! The two fought and the other squirrel ran. The chase was on, through the trees, running along the branches. Jasper was closing in when the other squirrel made a surprise turn and dropping to a lower branch.
That let him get ahead of Jasper but the chase was still going. Finally Jasper was on a branch just a little higher than the other squirrel and jumped! What a fight. But…Jasper lost and the other squirrel started chasing him. Jasper stopped and turned toward the other squirrel. The other squirrel stopped. They chattered at each other for about 10 minutes then the other squirrel left. This is not looking good for poor Jasper, but at least he’s not giving up yet. This happened a couple winters ago too, with two different squirrels. My squirrel lost and was chased away, but after 2 weeks he came back and those two really fought for 2 days, but my squirrel won back his territory and the other squirrel left. The pics today show some goldeneye ducks down at the river when I was there on Monday. There was quite a few of these ducks that day, mostly common goldeneye but also 3 female Barrow’s goldeneye. I hope you have a wonderful day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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