Thursday’s Thoughts #1.

Good morning on this very cool day in May! When I went out to feed the birds this morning I couldn’t believe what I saw. It was snowing. And staying on the ground. The temp was 28F (-2C). Normally we should be well above the freezing point at night this time of year. And our days should be warmer too. This has been a very cold spring, kind of unusual considering the snow melted early which normally means a very warm and dry spring. But instead it’s been cold and wet. Oh well. It happens some years and this is one of those years. There was a beautiful purple headed grackle here yesterday morning, and right on the feeder too. So I went quietly outside to try for a picture and…he was gone. And he never came back, at least I never saw it again.

My first dandelion of the year.

This morning he was back, unfortunately being cloudy the pic wouldn’t show up as nice, but still…I went out again and…he was gone. The sun is shining now, that would be such a nice picture. I have a couple pics of the purple headed variety, but they’re not very good, I would like a better one. It’s easy to get the blue headed variety for some reason, but there is generally more of them so that’s probably why. That Cooper’s hawk was back yesterday. The first time he was after a junco. I’m not sure if the junco planned this or not, but he turned flew behind me. The hawk turned too, but I waved my arm and he turned again and decided to try for another bird, but everyone was in safe places by then so he left.

A common grackle.

He came back later when I was inside, but I didn’t see if he caught anything, but likely he did. They seldom miss. I hope he doesn’t stay around long, they usually just pass through during the migration. They are bird hawks, that is, their prey is birds and they can literally kill off every bird in their territory during a breeding season. Even my two crows disappear when he comes around. They are about the same size but a Cooper’s hawk will take a crow if he’s hungry enough. The day before I heard a horrible screech from one of my gulls who had been sitting on a tall hydro pole out here. They like that pole, it’s easy to survey the area from that height. But two bald eagles showed up just above the trees and they will gladly take a gull that is sitting down.

I like these bright evening grosbeaks.

Gulls in the air are quite safe, they can out maneuver an eagle. I guess the eagles surprised him and he took to the air quickly and when he screeched several other gulls appeared to help chase the eagles, as did 4 crows. Crows and gulls don’t like each other, but when there is a common enemy they will work together. The eagles didn’t stay long. I finally got to see my first dandelion of this year yesterday! So many people hate those flowers, but they are so bright and cheerful looking especially after months of cold weather. So, while others start screaming over the sight of the first dandelion of the year, I will enjoy it’s bold, bright and cheery yellow. And it’s one of those plants that you can eat the whole thing, from the roots to the flower. I hope you all have a wonderful Thursday and God bless!

Steve and Muffin.

Β©2021 Steve McLeod.

31 Comments on “Thursday’s Thoughts #1.

  1. must be fun watching mother nature unfold in front of you everyday. I hope that’s the end of snow for you. And I don’t mind dandelions either…

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    • It is a lot of fun, a great way to begin the day! Yes, I hope that’s the end of snow too, but with us, it’s hard to say. Yay, someone else who likes dandelions. My landlord hates them and she called out to me to stop taking pictures of her dandelions! Made me laugh!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜Ήβ˜•β˜•πŸ“·

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  2. Great pics Steve! The info on the Gulls Hawks and Eagles was very interesting. I know I didn’t know all of those facts. Great Job! Talk to you soon.😁

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  3. Good Morning, Steve! Sounds downright chilly there! I would be the one walking around wrapped in a quilt or something! πŸ˜‚ I love dandelions! I have actually taken dandelion before for health benefits.

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    • Good morning Renee! Yep, chilly is right, and a very strong north wind blowing again, that’s every day this week, which is why it’s staying so cold. It seems so strange to still see people walking around wearing winter jackets! Dandelions are very nutritious, the whole plant! The roots make good coffee, the leaves can be used for tea, the leaves, stems and flowers in a salad! The coffee is actually quite good and no caffeine! Have a great day!πŸ˜€πŸ˜Ίβ˜•β˜•πŸŒž

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  4. Coolio! I now regularly have American Gold Finches, Purple Finches, Common House Finches, and yesterday, several times, I have a Baltimore Oriole coming to the orange feeder with the grape jelly and orange halves. So delightful! Hope I can get some Gross Beaks, any kind, tanagers and buntings… Life will be complete if that happens! ;-)))

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    • Sounds like you have a great selection of birds Kevin! I haven’t seen any tanagers here for years now, too bad, they are so nice. I like the Baltimore orioles, we get them nesting in town every year. There was a pair that nested in my neighbors big ash tree, but he cut it down and the orioles haven’t been around here since. Have a great day!πŸ˜€πŸ˜Ίβ˜•β˜•πŸŒž

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  5. What lovely pics of the birds..very clear ! SNOW ! Hope it stays away from us ! Enjoy your day and evening ! β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈβ„οΈβ˜ΉοΈπŸ€”πŸ™„πŸ˜Ί

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    • It wasn’t much snow, and it’s already past you, just flurries. Thanks so much Sharon! Enjoy your evening!πŸ˜€πŸ˜Ίβ˜•β˜•πŸŒ™

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  6. Beautiful pics, Steve! I can’t believe you got snow! After the storms went through our area, our weather is much cooler which is supposed to stay this way for the next several days! We never know what to expect, do we? πŸ₯ΆπŸŒ¬ πŸ’¨β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈ

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    • Well, it wasn’t much snow, just flurries really,πŸ˜¬β„β„πŸŒ¨ but it stayed on the ground for a while and melted once it stopped snowing.😁😺 But it’s not really so unusual for us, we can get snow later than this,πŸ˜²πŸ™€ but I hope we don’t this year! Thanks so much Eugenia!πŸ˜€πŸ˜Ίβ˜•β˜•πŸŒž

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