Thursday’s Thoughts #4.

Good morning everyone! It is a nice, mainly sunny morning here today, and already quite windy. But we did get more frost last night. Officially the temp fell to 30F (-1C), though right here it was 28F (-2C). And it stayed in the frost range for over 5 hours which is a long time. As a result several more of my flowers are not looking good this morning, my dahlias especially were really drooping this morning. The dianthus were not looking good either or the osteopermums. I think those might be finished completely. I might not have many flowers this summer after all. It is so odd to get frost here this late, and 2 nights in a row is even more odd. Plus there is a possibility of frost tonight also.

Apple blossoms, which right now are falling off the tree like snow.

I might have to go buy more flowers, I really would like to have the color out here this summer since I’m not feeding birds this year. Speaking of birds. My poor hummingbirds are having a tough time with this cold too. It only got up to 43F (6C) yesterday which is not very warm for these tiny birds. And with the extra cold nights and snow, it has been hard on them. I wouldn’t doubt that many hummingbirds died through all this cold. Last evening I was watching and one male hummingbird was sitting on the feeder drinking, then he sort of lay down against the “flower” on the feeder. I thought maybe he had died. The main male hummingbird came along to chase him away, but stopped, and just looked at him closely, then went to another “flower”.

Baxter the blue jay getting some breakfast.

I could see the one male move a bit so I knew he wasn’t dead, but figured he wouldn’t last. The other male flew away and a female came. It looked like she was going to chase this male too, but stopped, and gently poked him which woke him up and he sat upright. She went to another “flower” next to him and kept watching him. I could see him shivering. Then I saw something I have never seen before. The female came over and nudged him a bit so he moved over and she sat down beside him, obviously sharing her body heat with him. They sat together for quite a while, taking turns drinking that wonderful sweet nectar from the feeder. Finally it was getting late and she flew off.

White-crowned sparrow.

He flew away a short time later, looking much better. I have only seen the one male so far this morning. But it was so cool to see the female helping the male like that. A good lesson for people. We should be helping each other whenever we can. And it doesn’t take much sometimes. A smile, a kind word, or a hard one, giving up watching our favorite TV show to help someone we know with something that needs to be done at that moment in time. But it could be a great encouragement to someone that will help them keep going, instead of giving up. Like those little hummingbirds. Remember, it doesn’t always take much to be a great help. I hope you all have a wonderful Thursday and God bless!

Steve and Muffin.

ยฉ2021 Steve McLeod.

45 Comments on “Thursday’s Thoughts #4.

  1. The blue jay with the peanut takes me back to my childhood. My best friend’s mother had trained a blue jay to eat peanuts from our hands. They had a tree that was was forked, at just the right height for us to reach up and “Bluie” would take the peanuts from out hands. She also trained him to come into the house by leaving a trail of peanuts too. Thanks for the happy memories. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. wow, ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ปthat was inspiringโœจ Birds helping each other, didn’t expect that ๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ this touched me ๐Ÿ˜‡. the climate could stay more warm, this isn’t fair always cold and less cold ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜‚and that’s how Ontario is for long… Have a lovely day โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’

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    • It was amazing to see this, I had never seen hummingbirds help each other like that. It was just beautiful.๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜บ And the male hummingbird made it through the night because of that female.๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿคธโ€โ™‚๏ธ They were all out here this morning at the feeder.๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ธ Have a good night Simon, nice and sunny right now, but still cool.๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜บ๐ŸŒžโ˜•โ˜•๐ŸŒ™

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      • Their heart is absolutely pure to inspire. It’s hard to see such event with our species, if that happens that would be viral in tiktok and social media ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜‰. You had an amazing view …. Stay cool ๐Ÿค—โœจ

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      • Stay cool??๐Ÿ˜ฒ No, no, not cool,๐Ÿ˜ณ I want to stay warm,๐ŸŒž real warm!!๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ™„ Yes, it’s because we have been taught for so long to only look out for #1, forget about everyone else. Have a good night!๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒ™๐Ÿ˜ด

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    • Thanks Richard! Just one more night of frost and then we get back to more normal temps again. Here in town we might miss the frost this time which would be nice too.

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  3. Challenges are everywhere, especially in nature. Mankind doesn’t realize what feathered friends and furry critters endure unless they pay attention. Have a great day Steve and Muffin! Callie sends hugs to Muffin! ๐Ÿ˜ปโ›ˆ๐ŸŒฌ๐ŸŒž๐Ÿฆ”๐Ÿฆโ˜•๏ธโ˜•๏ธ

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    • Yes, that is so true! That male hummingbird made it through the night and was at the feeder this morning. All 3 hummingbirds were there. I think it was because of that female which helped the male survive. Wish I could have gotten a picture of it, but I didn’t want to go out and scare them. It was late by then anyway. Muffin sends hugs back to Callie!๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜บ๐Ÿ˜ปโ˜•โ˜•๐ŸŒž

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  4. extremely interesting the observation of the hummingbirds behavior. i have never heard of them doing that behavior. it would be interesting to ask an expert if that is behavior hummingbirds are known to do.

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    • Yes, that is so true. In all my years of bird study and feeding hummingbirds, I have never seen it before. He was back this morning, all 3 were back. That was nice to see as well. I have seen over the years other instances of birds helping each other, even helping other species. And I have read about many instances of animals helping one another. It probably happens more often than we realize, but how often do we look for such things? I wish I could have gotten a picture, but I didn’t want to disturb them. Sometimes it’s best to just enjoy something. Enjoy your day Buddy!

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  5. Wow Steve, that is so incredible! Yes, that is a valuable lesson to us. We must be there for one another, helping whenever we can through prayers, deeds, edifying and building up…. Thank you and God bless! ๐Ÿ˜โ˜•๏ธ๐ŸŒž. P.S. I hope it warms up soon for you all, being outside and enjoying beautiful flowers is a must this time of the year! Enjoy your day! ๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒธ

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    • It was fantastic to see that’s for sure! A great lesson for us in that. I lost a lot of flowers already, hopefully no more. It was a nice sunny day but still cool. But I enjoyed it anyway!๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜บ๐ŸŒžโ˜•โ˜•

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      • Yes, that is so amazing that you were there at the right time to see it, it was not by accident. Yes, a tremendous lesson for us. Sorry on your flowers. I also hope you do not lose anymore. That is great the sun was out with no rain and you were able to enjoy it. It is warm here now every day. It is so hard to work indoors. Oh well, we have a three day weekend coming, I will be outside on those days! ๐Ÿ˜โ˜•๏ธ๐ŸŒž

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      • Hi Beverly! Yes, I agree, it was not by accident, it was something God wanted me to see and I’m so glad for that. Yes, it’s your Memorial Day weekend, I hope you can get out and enjoy each day!๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜บโ˜•โ˜•๐ŸŒž

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      • Hi Steve! Yes, He wanted you to see it and you took it one step further, you shared it. ๐Ÿ™ŒGod wanted someone else or more than one other person to know it. Thanks Steve, I will get out and enjoy the holiday!๐Ÿ˜โ˜•๏ธ๐ŸŒž

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      • Thanks, we are suppose to get rain, but weโ€™ll see what really happens. When I am expecting it to rain, after seeing it in the forecast, to save money running the sprinkler system, it never does! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒž

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  6. Steve, thanks for sharing about the hummingbirds. The female shared her warmth with the male in distress and they all made it through the cold. Amazing example for us all the follow. The blessings of God pursue you today and the rest of your life. May you have warmer temperatures and beautiful flowers.

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  7. How precious to see humming birds helping one another ! It would be great to have birds take nourishment from oneโ€™s hand ! โ˜•๏ธโ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿ˜บ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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    • Yes, it is nice having the birds on the hand. Maybe I can train the blue jays yet. Yes, watching those hummingbirds was a beautiful sight indeed!๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜บโ˜•โ˜•๐ŸŒž

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    • Yes, it would have been nice for a picture, but I just didn’t want to disturb them. Sometimes it’s good to just enjoy the moment! Thanks Stu!๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜บ

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