Good morning everyone! It is a bit chilly and frosty this morning, but it’s mainly clear and we are supposed to have a mainly sunny day. So Muffin and I are excited about that. The coffee is ready and waiting, or tea if you prefer, so just help yourself, sit back and relax! The chickadees were here earlier than usual, due to the clear skies which means it gets lighter earlier. The nuthatches came second, then the female hairy woodpecker. She was pounding away then suddenly stopped, giving a warning call to everyone. The chickadees froze in position. I looked all around and finally spotted the shrike high in an ash tree. He sat there for quite awhile. Finally the blue jays showed up and the shrike left in a hurry.
So everything returned to normal at the feeders. There are a lot more chickadees around now which is nice. I guess the natural food supply is dwindling so they look for other sources of food. Jasper was running around the trees this morning having fun. One large, long branch still has quite a bit of snow on it and Jasper came running, made a big leap and slid down the snow on that branch right to the main part of the tree. Looked like he was having a lot of fun. Then I spotted the “other” squirrel coming and Jasper went to meet him. But Jasper turned and ran down a tree to the ground. The “other” squirrel came down that tree so fast landing on top of Jasper.
The fight began. They were really rolling around on the snow fighting. They broke apart a couple of times, sat looking at each other, then back at it again. Longest fight they have had yet, that I have seen anyway. Finally Jasper came over and the “other” squirrel ran away. Jasper won that round! Hopefully that “other” squirrel got the message this time. Not only that, but a blue jay had hidden a peanut in the snow on a branch. As Jasper was coming back this way he found that peanut, and sat there having breakfast! Jasper won twice! Well, we’re having a “white” day so our flowers and bird will show that in the pics. I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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