Good morning everyone on this cool and very windy Wednesday! That wind really cuts through a person. Of course, I wasn’t really dressed very warmly since I was just outside to feed the birds. Coffee and tea are ready for anyone wanting to warm up a bit and relax in the countryside of my world. Muffin is very excited this morning and running around here wildly while she waits for you to drop in. As I type and look out the window I noticed that the feeder was totally full…of rock doves! There was 12 of them, gorging themselves on the sunflower seeds. The feeder had been full of evening grosbeaks.
The chase begins! I was out the door chasing those crazy birds away. For my newer readers, I have been constantly trying to get rid of these rock doves (more commonly known as pigeons) for a long time. They scare away all the other birds by their large size and being very aggressive. And they eat anything, from regular bird seed to meat. I finally got rid of them and things have been going well this year, but now they are back causing problems again. Oh good, the grosbeaks have returned. Yesterday the shrike was here again. It was later afternoon once the blue jays had gone for the day. I was watching out the window and noticed the little birds were sitting still. Suddenly this shrike came down so fast and had his chickadee and off he went. They dive in incredibly fast, and once they pick out a bird they seldom miss.
Shrikes and rock doves are on my list of unwanted birds. Blue jays hate shrikes, one of the reasons that the jays are nice to have around. They protect the small birds. But they do leave early, about 3 to 4 pm, and that’s when the shrike likes to show up now, he has learned. When I went to feed the birds this morning I dropped my cup of sunflower seeds on the deck. I bent down to pick them up and Theodore flew up onto the railing right behind me. Kind of startled me, wasn’t expecting that. He went, “thwip, thwip, thwip”, which I’m sure meant that he was laughing at me. Sigh. We talked for a bit but it was too cold to stay out there for very long. Theodore went over to have his breakfast, I came inside. I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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