Good morning everyone and Happy Friday! It is a beautiful sunny morning here. Coffee is ready, nice and hot and just the way you like it. Please sit back and relax with us for a few minutes. Muffin has already gone for her pre morning nap. She was awake a lot during the night. Bert was here again, so she couldn’t go back to sleep after that, she had to watch in case he came back again. I don’t think he did, but Muffin stayed awake anyway, so she’s tired now. There are 3 very bright red male purple finches, and 1 female, around these days. I have been trying to get a pic of those males sitting in the sun, they just look so nice in the sun. But, every time I go outside, as quietly and slowly as possible, they just fly away. Not up into the trees, they really fly away. Gone, and don’t come back again for an hour or two. Sigh.
My only hope is having them come when I’m already out there taking pics of the other birds. There are 3 pine siskins here now, and I counted at least 42 juncos yesterday, so I would estimate there are still around 60 of them. It was nice to see the white-throated sparrow among them. But it was just one, perhaps more will show up today. They are one of our most common summer sparrows. The evening grosbeaks are enjoying their breakfast right now. Well, they were enjoying it, now they are gone, all because of one rock dove who was determined to go on the feeder instead of on the ground. I spread lots of seeds on the ground for the ground feeders, but this one wanted to be on the feeder.
What they do first is sort of hover above the feeder flapping their wings to scare all the other birds off the feeder, then they drop down and begin to eat. Then I go out and convince the rock dove to leave. It took 11 times to convince him to go on the ground to eat. By then the grosbeaks had given up. Hmm, I see a few grosbeaks have returned now, so the rest won’t be far behind. A robin is singing so beautifully near the top of a black ash tree. The white-throated sparrow is singing close by, though I can’t see him. It is such a beautiful spring morning, hopefully later I can go for my walk to the river and see what is happening down there. Have a wonderful day everyone and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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