Good morning on this wonderful, sunny Wednesday! It’s a rather chilly morning again, no wait, make that very cold morning again! It was -33C (-27F), and with the light wind felt like -38C (-36F). It has warmed up a couple of degrees already however and is going all the way up to -21C (-6F) by this afternoon. But the wind is supposed to pick up a bit so it will feel much colder. Just one more cold night and it begins to get a bit milder again until later next week when the cold returns. This winter the temps have gone up and down a lot. There’s a hairy woodpecker sitting on the side of a smaller tree right now, it looks like he’s stuck there by his tummy, his feet don’t show at all.
All these poor birds. But at least here they get some easy food when things get tough. I didn’t mention this about chickadees yesterday, but when it’s cold, they will take one last sunflower seed back with them in late afternoon when they head to their roosting spot for the night. I don’t know if they use it for one last seed at night or if they keep it for morning so they have something to eat when they first wake up before coming back here. They come from quite a distance away, across the street. There are a couple nice spruce and balsam groves back there which is likely where they go for the night. So I’m inclined to think they use that seed in the morning, a little boost for their flight back to here. In their natural eating that is what they do if food is plentiful, they will keep something close at hand for the morning.
The birds are very busy out here now and the sun is getting closer to shining down here. The shrub out back here is alive with little birds, plus Baxter the blue jay. He has his favorite branch to sit on and open up peanuts. Each of the chickadees also have their favorite branch to use and always go back to that branch with their sunflower seeds. I haven’t seen the little nuthatches yet, but I may have missed them. Anyway, today we have some beautiful white wildflowers to share with you. Hmm, I guess the one is white and yellow, but it still fits. Thank you for coming on this cold morning, have a wonderful day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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