Coffee At Steve’s Country #42.

Good morning everyone! Coffee is ready, Muffin is waiting for all of you to come and relax with us and enjoy some pictures of summer as well! Somehow it seems to get colder outside each morning, at least it feels that way. Seems like I should be getting used to this by now, but I guess that’s just not possible. Especially with temps like -46F (-43C). Oh well, these temps will be gone shortly, by Sunday or Monday, and then it will be more normal temps for this time of year. For the second time this week I spotted something new out here yesterday. The other night was a beautiful red fox, he came around again 2 nights ago. But yesterday was a new bird.

Time for more bright summer flowers to enjoy, like this clustered bellflower, one of our wildflowers.

I have heard this bird around several times earlier in the winter, but never saw it until yesterday. It was a black-billed magpie. Not an unusual bird in many parts of the country, but around here it’s unusual, we’re a bit out of their normal range. So it was nice to see, even if it isn’t exactly an exotic type bird. But they are quite beautiful with their black and white plumage and extra long tail. They are about the size of a crow, but with a long (12 inch, 30cm) tail. The tail especially is sort of an iridescent greenish black color which shines nicely in the sun. They are in the same family as crows and ravens and are a useful bird in helping to clean up the remains of dead animals.

And this fringed loosestrife, another wildflower.

I spotted magpies when I was in France but was unable to get a picture of them. They were smaller than our magpies, but their calls were similar. I tried hard to get a picture of this bird but unfortunately was unable to do so. He was on the ground out here but when I went out he flew up into the tall trees and managed to stay behind branches while I froze taking pictures that didn’t turn out anyway. Oh well, perhaps he will come back again, I hope so anyway. It would be nice to add his picture to my bird collection. Well, time to say good bye once again, though I will be back later. Have a wonderful day everyone and God bless!

Steve and Muffin.

Β©2021 Steve McLeod.

77 Comments on “Coffee At Steve’s Country #42.

  1. Good morning Steve and Muffin! Thanks for sharing about the magpie. Living so many years in Montana, we saw them frequently. While driving the highway, they were frequently seen feasting on roadkill along the way. I was writing this morning, and a Magpie just happened to land in a poem’s verse.

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    • Good morning Richard! Yes, they would be a common sight out there. It’s always nice when I get to see something a little different around here. Too bad I missed a picture though, but he just might come back, he got some food my landlord tossed out. Interesting how you wrote about a Magpie this morning too! Have a wonderful day!πŸ˜€πŸ˜Ίβ˜•β˜•πŸŒž

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  2. That is close,πŸ˜³πŸ™„ Who is this new competition β˜ΊοΈπŸ€” Very Good Mrng Steve & Muffin πŸ₯°πŸ€—Uhhh this cold, when you will get spring πŸ˜³πŸ™„ and that summer rains πŸ€”β˜ΊοΈ wow, a nice bird name – black billed magpie πŸ˜‰I googled it, they are quiet nice with long tails ☺️Nice to know about this bird .😍Have a lovely day..πŸ€—

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    • Someone is making it hard for you to be first!!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜Ή Good day Simon!😁🌞 Actually good evening Simon!πŸ€ͺπŸŒ™ Spring usually arrives about mid April for us, but this should be the last of this bitter cold,πŸ₯ΆπŸ₯Ά next week it’s just cold.πŸ₯Ά Yes, magpies are interesting birds, it’s always nice having a new visitor here.πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜Έ Hopefully it comes back once more so I can get a picture!πŸ€”πŸ“· Have a good night Simon!πŸ˜πŸŒ™πŸ˜΄

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