Good morning and Happy Friday to all of you! Before anything else today, Muffin😺 and I😀 want to take this moment to thank you all so very much for stopping by to read all about Steve’s Country! Even though there isn’t much to write about these days. I’m staying at home and there’s not much going on around here right now. The flowers are nearly all gone, and so are the insects that are attracted by them. My gulls still come, but they are having some trouble lately. Yesterday 3 of them fell to the ground into the raspberry patch. My bird feeder isn’t very big, it’s not really meant for these big birds, but it does fit two of them if they are not pushy.
But sometimes a third tries to get on, that’s when problems happen and one gets pushed off and falls to the ground. Why don’t they just fly away instead of falling? Glad you asked. Gulls are big birds, at least these herring gulls are big, and they have long narrow wings which are great for soaring high in the air. But they need some take off room to get airborne, or they fall. Those narrow wings don’t give a lot of lift. One managed to just miss the raspberry patch and walked around to the front yard to take off. No problems there. Another one ended up right in the raspberry patch, but because the bear has made trails through the patch, that one was able to follow a trail out to the driveway and take off.
The third one wasn’t quite so lucky. It fell right in the tangled branches of the apple tree. And was stuck. Sigh. This was at 8pm, kind of late to be out with all the bears around. But I couldn’t leave my gull down there, so off I go. It’s dark down there and those raspberry plants are between 6 and 7 feet tall. Taller than me. Anyway, off I go following the trails and stand there cheering the gull while it finally jumps up on the branches and over the other side, following around the tree and into the neighbors yard where it could take off. And I came back. It was cold out there too.
The high yesterday was only 59F (15C). That’s more like a late September temperature. But it’s warming up this weekend, so they tell us anyway. But it’s a brief warm up of maybe 3 or 4 days. The chipmunks are busy, happy with their sunflower seeds and peanuts. It’s only 48F (9C) this morning, but the sun is shining brightly, the sky is brilliant blue, it’s a beautiful end of summer day! Have a wonderful day, and weekend, everyone and God bless!
Steve and Muffin. (the top featured image is Scramble from the river path. I haven’t been down there, it’s an older picture.)
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