Good morning everyone and Happy Monday! It’s another cloudy, wet and cool morning here, however, it is supposed to get warm today, up to 79F (26C). The key phrase there is “supposed to get”. However, there is heavy clouds still, so we’ll see about that warm temp. Cloudy days up this way generally means cool days. My poor hummingbirds. They do not like this cool, wet weather. Without adequate food they can die in a day when it’s cool and wet like this. Last evening, about 9:30, I looked out the window for a while and there were two male hummingbirds sitting on my hummingbird feeder.
I have never seen 2 males do that before, usually they fight and chase each other. But there they sat, drinking that life sustaining liquid. I had made it just a bit sweeter than normal for them during this cold time and they were obviously thankful for that. So they just sat there, periodically drinking, for about half an hour. And one was already there when I first went to the window, so he could have been there even longer. Both had their feathers fluffed out trying to keep a bit warmer. They made it through the night and were back this morning, so that was nice to see. And a female was here this morning too, the first one I have seen this spring.
Looks like my chickadees have stopped coming around now, and the nuthatches, and most everything else for that matter. There are gulls, crows and the blue jays. Jasper, Jasmine, Freddie and Chase are the only squirrels that come now, so 5 have stopped. And for chipmunks I have only seen Chester and Pocket the last 2 days. But I may have missed some since I’m not really spending time outside these days. Kind of wet and cold out there. So I prefer to sit inside with my coffee and look out the window. But I can’t see the chipmunks from the window. But maybe if it warms up today I can go out and see just how many chipmunks are still coming.
Stopping with the feeding means I miss my chance for the rose-breasted grosbeak this year. Sigh. Maybe next year. I did get one picture of the male and female red-winged blackbird. The female looks like a large sparrow with her coloring. Too bad she wasn’t in the sun, but perhaps next year. And the male was hiding his red patch. Sigh. Maybe next year. Everything is so lush and green now, a lot of wildflowers are out now too. Next sunny day I will head down to the river and see what I can find. Have a marvelous Monday everyone and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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