It’s Coffee Time #108. Happy Monday!

Good morning everyone on this beautiful spring Monday! The coffee is ready, help yourself, relax and enjoy the birds for a while. There are a lot of birds here this morning once again. While I was out feeding the birds this morning I could hear the loons calling to each other, that is such a nice wilderness sound. I love the calls of the loons and they are such a beautiful bird too, even though just black and white, yet their patterns are bold. And if you can see them up close they have bright red eyes. They are really amazing water loving birds. A true wilderness bird. More juncos have come back now, likely they are the young from last year that come back later than the adults.

Common loon.

Watching them yesterday, and trying to count them, I estimated there were at least 300. I have never seen so many. That means they survived the winter very well and there will be a lot of breeding birds to fill the forests this summer. Most of them spread out north of us but a some remain here as well. I only spotted 8 fox sparrows yesterday, there used to be between 20 and 30 of them, so they have begun their northward journey now. I’m still surprised that no other sparrows have arrived in the last couple of days, this is so late for them. Bert was back yesterday evening. I had just been out feeding the gulls and stood their watching them. When they left I went inside and right after I closed the door Bert came walking up the steps. He had been out there. I don’t like that. I’m now nervous just going out on my deck.

Black-capped chickadee.

Bert has gone from being a nuisance to being a bit dangerous. He charged me 5 times on Saturday. Once he came up the side of the deck, over the railing and I just made it inside as he landed on the deck. That was too close. The other times he was coming up the steps and I held my ground which caused him to stop, though he was definitely mad. I had to stand my ground since I was too far from the door to run, but each time I moved closer to the door until I could get in fast. Then he came charging onto the deck that last time. He is a young bear trying to establish his territory, and my bird feeders he has claimed as part of that territory. He looks at me as a danger and wants me to leave.


The authorities here won’t do anything because I’m feeding the birds which is attracting him, therefore it’s my fault that he comes. So I might have to stop. That’s a problem since this is spring migration time, the best time of year to get pics of the birds. No bird feeding means no birds which means no pics. I’m not really sure what to do. I take my bear spray out with me whenever I go out to feed the birds, and when I try to get pics. It will stop any bear for 20 to 30 minutes, which gives lots of time to get away. It’s powerful stuff and requires special permissions to carry it with me. I always take it when I go to the river. It’s a beautiful spring morning, smells so fresh out there, might get some showers today. I hope you all have a wonderful day and God bless!

Steve and Muffin.

ยฉ2021 Steve McLeod.

55 Comments on “It’s Coffee Time #108. Happy Monday!

  1. It’s a beautiful day, without Bert it will be a fantastical day ๐Ÿ™„ Now he thinks you enemy of his territory, don’t try for fist fight pls, the little bear won’t be able to handle your fury easily. ๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ˜. Hope you enjoy the little shower, and looks you are very early today. Have a lovely day ๐Ÿค—

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    • Yes, I needed to go shopping๐Ÿ›’๐Ÿž๐Ÿฅ“๐ŸŸ๐Ÿง€๐Ÿฅ—๐Ÿง๐ŸŒ๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿง…๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿฅฆ๐Ÿฅ” so I did my post early.๐ŸŒž I would like to be early every day, but it never works out that way.๐Ÿ™„ Enjoy your evening Simon!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜บ


      • So let me guess what your shopping would look like ๐Ÿค”um, bread, potato, carrot, brocoli, bird seed, peanuts and cat food Tuna ๐Ÿ˜ธ did I cover major part ๐Ÿ˜โ˜บ๏ธ

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      • Yep,๐Ÿ˜ƒ except I couldn’t get bird seed, stores can no longer sell it because it’s not an essential item.๐Ÿ™„ Sigh. Oh, it was salmon cat food.๐Ÿ˜ธ๐Ÿ˜ป


      • Ha ha so close ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ If birds are essential so are the bird foods too ๐Ÿ˜ government cannot think like us it seems ๐Ÿค” they should be taken to Mars without mask ๐Ÿ˜น

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      • Yep, lost out, I can’t buy them anywhere, not even online,๐Ÿ™„ so that means I have to stop feeding birds,๐Ÿ˜ฒ which means no pictures.๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ“ท That also means nothing to talk about so maybe I should shut my blog down temporarily too. Decisions.๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ™€


      • Um, how about you limit that ๐Ÿค” sigh, if these birds foods are hard to get what is your alternative plan ๐Ÿค” No u don’t have to shut down the blog ๐Ÿง why ?you’ll figure out a way or even if there is no way let’s stay calm ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜ธ๐Ÿ˜ and watch the nature as it is โ˜บ๏ธ

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      • I was finally able to get some bird seed,๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜บ enough to last 3 weeks anyway,๐Ÿ™„ by then hopefully we will be back to normal.๐Ÿค” The store wasn’t really supposed to sell it, but by giving my contact info they agreed.๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜บ


  2. Looks like it is time to bring the feeders in for awhile…until Bert and others move on…so sad…thanks for the pics and delicious coffee ! โ˜•๏ธโ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜ผ๐Ÿ˜บ

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    • 2 years ago my landlord had a bear on her deck in the spring and it found food. Even though it never found food again it kept coming regularly for 3 months. So basically I would have to stop feeding until at least fall or winter. But I need the feeders to attract birds so I can get pics. I will just have to be careful out here and when I walk to the river.๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ™€๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿป


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