Good morning to all of you on this beautiful Monday! The coffee is ready and Muffin is most eagerly waiting for you all! Just help yourself to a cup of delicious, hot coffee or tea and relax with us for a short time. Heavy clouds are making it quite dull out there this morning, looks like it should be a half hour earlier than it is. But the chickadees are certainly busy at the feeders, more than normal this morning. The nuthatches and redpolls have shown up now as well, but no other birds are here yet. And it’s a nice mild morning again with a temp of 23F (-5C).
We had some misty rain as well which has added a thin layer of ice to everything. Fortunately I was expecting that this morning so there were no mishaps when I went to feed the birds. Those nasty raccoons have been back the last few nights so it has been necessary to bring my hanging feeders indoors at night once again. Those raccoons have broken several feeders over the last 3 years that they have been around. They love sunflower seeds, but it seems that all wild critters do love those seeds. Last night they had just shown up I guess, and Junior (a young buck), came along and chased them away. That was nice of him. Except he wants the sunflower seeds too. Oh well.
The blue jays have just arrived I see and they are on their favorite branches breaking open the peanuts to get at their breakfast. They really do have their own favorite branch to sit on when pecking open the peanuts and they always go to that spot. Unless they are planning to hide the leftovers, then they carry them off closer to where they live and hide them. Blue jays have been studied and they were able to find their hidden food more than a year later. Other birds are just as able to find hidden food, such as chickadees, nuthatches, woodpeckers, gray jays, crows and ravens. Plus many others, I was just listing some that are common to our area. For this week I am going to share a bright and beautiful flower pic each day, plus one of our local winter wildlife. Next week I want to try and post some comparison pics, if I can locate enough by then. I really need to sort my pics a bit better so I can find things easier. Well, I hope you all have a marvelous (😸he mean meowvelous!) Monday and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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