Monday’s Musings #3.

Good morning everyone! It’s a beautiful spring morning once again. The sun is shining and it’s going to be warm, both today and tomorrow. Then it cools off a lot once more as we get stuck in what is called a trough, bringing clouds and rain for 4 or 5 days. We do need the rain however, so that will help things to grow as we now enter our short growing season. The feeders are basically empty today, except for squirrels and a few little birds like chickadees and purple finches. Sir George and Sir Henry (my two herring gulls) were here for breakfast, plus another gull who is new. Guess he decided to check on things after watching the other gulls come and get food.

White-throated sparrow.

A large bear had to be shot not too far from where I live, it had been trying to get into someone’s home. I wonder if it was that large bear that came around here sometimes? So they issued a bear warning for people as there have been a number of bears coming into town this spring looking for food. They woke up early this year because it was warm, our snow melted early, then it turned cold. That meant no natural food for the bears, so they come into town when that happens. Problem is, they then get used to the easy food in town and they don’t always want to go back to their natural food. So they issued guidelines for people to follow.

White-crowned sparrow.

Don’t leave garbage outside. Clean BBQ grills immediately. Don’t feed birds. (Hmm, crossing a line here). Don’t wear dark colors when walking in the woods. (that’s a tough one, that’s what I have). Don’t bend over while out in the woods. (how else do I take pictures of butterflies and flowers?) Don’t walk alone. (I wonder if I could train Muffin?) Carry bear spray. (got that one) Carry an air horn. (now where am I going to get that?). Oh well. This isn’t going to be easy. If I stop feeding birds I don’t get pictures to share. If I stop going for my walks to the river, I don’t get pictures to share.

Harris’ sparrow.

Then there’s the other side, if I go for a walk and get eaten by a bear, I don’t get pictures to share. I never used to think about bears before, now I do. I have had close encounters with bears numerous times over the years, but it never stopped me from doing things. Now, I admit to being nervous. All it took was that bear charging me. So sad. Now with the leaves out, I can’t see along the path to the river. In some places I can’t see beyond the path itself. Sigh. My wildflower post will be a little later today, but it’s coming. The top featured image is the chipping sparrow. I hope you all have a wonderful day and God bless!

Steve and Muffin.

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35 Comments on “Monday’s Musings #3.

  1. Beautiful Sparrows, captured gracefully. Well, who made this rules anyway πŸ€”πŸ™„ kind of strange as we don’t have such rules here, not as far I knew. Maybe there are such rules πŸ˜‰πŸ˜„ who knew? πŸ€” I don’t care about that now, you be careful, stay safe and take pictures… and blog😁❀️Have a Lovely Monday Steve πŸ₯³

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    • Just standard safety precautions which are really for anytime.πŸ€” We do get a lot of bears around this town though so these are good rules to follow whenever possible.🐻😳 Yep, being careful is a priority for sure.πŸ˜πŸ™€πŸ“· Thanks so much Simon! Have a nice evening!πŸ˜πŸ˜ΈπŸŒ™πŸ˜΄

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  2. Bear food or not to Bear food?? That is the question? So if you believe in what will be will be…. then do what you would normally do. But if not!! Then I guess you’re trapped in your apartment until the berries come outπŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ˜¬πŸ˜¬ I’d say go out anyway just be cautious βš οΈπŸ˜‰πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜

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      • Yep, thought of that, but 2 of Amazons biggest distribution centers are shut down due to Covid outbreaks, so it can take 6 weeks or longer to get an order, unless it’s essential goods, then it takes about 2 weeks. With Amazon Prime it’s quicker, only 12 days, but I don’t have Prime.

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      • That’s interesting to know It must be only up in your area but that’s going on cuz I haven’t heard or read about any shutdowns in this area. And I’ve ordered recently from Amazon and it came quickly interesting.

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      • Yes, Amazon here is completely separate than Amazon in the US. The distributions centers are both here in Ontario where my orders come from. There are other distribution centers in Canada but they are further away, except one which is quite a bit closer but only handles certain products apparently. They are building a new large distribution center in a city only 2 and a half hours from here, that will make a big difference once it opens for those in our area.

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  3. Loved the pics of the sparrows ! …yes, Steve, I know you are careful but bears can be sneaky …and quiet…β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈπŸšΆβ€β™‚οΈπŸ“·πŸ»πŸ˜Ί

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    • Thanks! Yes, I know they can be dangerous, but there is getting to be more food for them now which will help. Have a good night!πŸ˜€πŸ˜ΊπŸŒ™πŸ˜΄

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