Good morning on this beautiful Tuesday! Coffee is ready, nice and hot, needful to warm up today. Yes, it is a cold one again, 23F (-5C) and going all the way up to 33F (1C) by this afternoon. Not exactly spring weather, actually the temps are below normal even for us for this time of the year. And it’s cloudy with the possibility of snow flurries again as well. So why is this a beautiful morning? Why not? It’s another day, so it’s beautiful. You’re all here, so it’s beautiful. We should always try to look at the positive aspect of things, that’s what makes it beautiful. There are lots of birds out there this morning, that makes it beautiful.
And I mean there are a lot of birds out there, the ground is crawling with little birds looking for seeds, there has got to be at least 200 and I think even more than that. Even my deck is full of little birds. They are mostly juncos, but also about 2 dozen fox sparrows and at least one tree sparrow. This is my third spring trying to get a picture of a tree sparrow. It isn’t easy it seems. And they are only here for one or two days as they head much further north for breeding. So it doesn’t give much time. I’m hoping he will be here again today so I can try again. He was here yesterday when it was nice and sunny, but whenever I went outside with my camera, he was nowhere to be seen. Amazing really.
Even the shy fox sparrow is more cooperative, though I admit not getting any pics of them yesterday either. And sunny pics are just so much nicer, it really brings out the colors of these birds. A new bird this morning, Ricky, my ring-billed gull showed up this morning, the first time this year. He was here last year too, but only shows up once in a while, definitely not a regular. I figure someone else must feed him and some days though miss so he comes over here instead. He’s quite tame, but I didn’t try for a pic this morning, next time he comes. I also saw something different this morning, a herring gull was sitting on a hydro wire.
That may not seem strange, birds sit on wires all the time. But gulls are different, their feet are different than other birds. They have flat webbed feet, they don’t curl up and around branches or wires like other birds feet. A branch would be easier than a wire though. It was a thicker wire, but still, very odd. So I went out with my camera and he was not there. I came back inside and 15 minutes later he was back, on the same wire. Out I went with my camera. He was not there. Sigh. Must be camera shy or something. But it would make a great picture. Maybe another time. Thank you for reading today, I hope you all have a terrific Tuesday and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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