Coffee At Steve’s Country #40.

Good morning everyone! It’s another chilly one out there, but warmer by a couple of degrees. I’m not sure if that really makes much of a difference though. So, there’s extra coffee on this morning, just help yourself and relax while watching the birds. Oddly enough, there are lest birds at the feeders when it gets very cold like it is these days. Personally I would think that birds would want an easy source of food when it’s super cold. But instead they stay hidden away among the trees. Not all the birds of course, but a lot of them. Many still show up and enjoy the free food that is being offered that day.

A nice bright lily for a cold morning.

And that includes the shrike, of course. He was here twice yesterday and the blue jays were able to chase it away both times. The poor little birds, it’s cold, they need to eat and the shrike comes around and the birds need to stop eating and hide. One poor little red-breasted nuthatch was out in the open when that shrike showed up the first time. So he just sat there as still as could be, hoping the shrike wouldn’t come down after him. That would have been the end of my little nuthatch. So I got my jacket and boots on quickly and went out on the deck close to the nuthatch. I didn’t scare the nuthatch, he knew that I could be trusted, so he continued to sit motionless.

My nuthatch’s shrike pose on a cold morning.

I stood there watching the shrike, protecting my nuthatch. Finally one blue jay attacked, making the shrike fly, then all the other blue jays attacked as well. But it’s the male blue jays that attack the shrike, the females take cover in safe locations. There was 4 males to attack the shrike and they did a good job, chasing that shrike a long distance away before returning. The birds began to move around again once the blue jays were out of sight chasing the shrike. The little nuthatch came and landed briefly on my shoulder and looked at me, then back down to the suet to finish his breakfast. Almost like he was saying thank you. I hope you all have a wonderful day and God bless!

Steve and Muffin.

Β©2021 Steve McLeod.

64 Comments on “Coffee At Steve’s Country #40.

  1. Wow, Blue Jays are the winner πŸ₯³Yay!!! Witnessing bird wars, talking to them πŸ₯°πŸ˜ that is a nice beginning of the day. Nature is always interesting .. My competitors are quiet hard to catch πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‰ ways beating me πŸ˜‚πŸ˜…πŸ˜… Lovely read.. Hope your pain is gone, have a lovely day πŸ€—πŸ€—

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    • Blue jays always win since there is always more of them and they hate shrikes. And that’s good, helps keep the shrikes from becoming a problem.πŸ€”πŸ˜¬ I don’t think this pain will be gone until the tooth is gone,😳 at least it’s not as bad though. πŸ€ͺHave a good night Simon!πŸ˜πŸŒ™

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      • Good morning Simon!😁 I’ll stay with my medication for teeth, works better and longer. But I finally got an appointment with the oral surgeon for Feb 24th.πŸ˜ƒπŸ€Έβ€β™‚οΈπŸ€Έβ€β™‚οΈ

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      • 24th 😳 that’s pretty long. Hope your medication supports you. If it works better then all is well πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—

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      • Yep, it is a long time,😬 that’s the way things work around here it seems.πŸ™„ But at least I have the appointment now, so that’s good!😁😸

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  2. Awwwwwwww, that is amazing, Steve!!! πŸ‘ Yes, he was saying, β€œthank you!” 😁. Thank you for sharing that experience and thank you for protecting your nuthatch!!! I am somewhat back…was on a digital fast. Will be catching up over the next month or so. Have a great day, Steve and stay warm! πŸ₯ΆπŸ˜

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    • Hi Beverly, that’s what happened, I’m glad to hear you weren’t sick anyway! Thanks so much, we are trying to stay warm anyway!πŸ˜€πŸ˜ΊπŸ₯ΆπŸ§ŠπŸ™€

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      • Hi Steve! I actually did get COVID and was really sick for 3 weeks and then went into the other thing. I am feeling fine now, but wow, that was not something I do not ever want to repeat!! 😳 Thanks!

        That’s good. Stay warm, Steve and Muffin! πŸ₯ΆπŸŒžπŸ˜ŽπŸ˜

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      • Yes, that Covid is certainly not a pleasant experience! Glad that you are better now.πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜Ί
        With this weather I don’t think it’s possible to stay warm but we’re trying.πŸ˜„πŸ˜Έ Those poor little birds out in that cold all the time, even though they are dressed for it.😁

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      • No, it is not. Thanks!

        I can only imagine. I think it freezing when it drops the 20’s. Yes, keep trying. β„οΈπŸ˜¬ Yes, those poor birds. πŸ₯Ά

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      • Yes…long, frigid winter months for you all in addition to the COVID confinement over the last year….wow. 😬. But, your β€œglass half full” outlook is always the best approach. Braving the cold to feed and protect the birds, squirrels, etc. is a blessing! 😁. And sharing the experience blesses us!

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      • Thank you very much Beverly for such nice words of encouragement! I hope your day is a real blessing for you!πŸ˜€πŸ˜Ίβ˜•β˜•πŸŒž

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      • You’re welcome, Steve! Thank you! I hope your day is a real blessing for you as well! πŸŒžπŸ˜β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈ

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  3. Great pics ! There was a lone robin , male , on our tree in our front yard…how could he survive the cold weather…he was all puffed up , trying to get warm…so sad ! β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈπŸ˜ΊπŸ™‚πŸ˜•πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“

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    • Actually robins can survive the cold, it was likely a northern robin, they are a bit different than our summer robins but you have to know what to look for. They eat berries on trees like the Bohemian waxwings and will often stay with the waxwings. Just a matter of getting enough food. The hardest time for them is March when food sources run out.
      Thanks so much!πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ΈπŸŒž

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