Good morning on this beautiful sunny Sunday! Hard to believe it’s already warmer than our daytime high on Friday. The gulls have had their breakfast, though only Sir George, Lady Pearl and Ricky have been here so far. And they really don’t stay around very long. Not sure what happened to Grover, he was coming every day, then suddenly disappeared. There was one blue jay here this morning, probably Baxter, but he’s molting right now so it’s hard to tell who it is. One blue jay has lost all his head feathers, he looks quite comical. This is molting season for most birds, getting new feathers for the winter, and for many birds, a whole new color as well.
Winter colors are very subdued on many species of birds, but mostly for those that migrate. Our resident bird’s coloration is the same year round, but they still molt. My chickadee family still comes each day, so I make sure there is always a few sunflower seeds out there for them. The chipmunks are wildly busy these days. They all fluff out their tails, making themselves look bigger and more fierce. I don’t think a chipmunk could ever look fierce. One of them has a huge tail, biggest I have ever seen on a chipmunk. And it’s long too. Something happened to Skamper’s tail. It’s like the last half of it has no life to it now. Only the first half will fluff out now, so he’s at a real disadvantage in the tail show-off competition. There’s not really much happening this morning. Aside from the chipmunks showing off their fluffy tails, there hasn’t been any real fights and very little chasing either.
They just want food. More food. And even more food. But I guess the amount I put out really isn’t much when divided between nine of them. Maybe I should give them some more. Now they’re happy again. When I was out earlier feeding the gulls, one of the chipmunks just came up on the deck as I was walking back to the door…and I happened to step on an empty peanut shell. They can crack quite loudly at times, like just then, and that poor chipmunk turned and flew off the deck! He went about 6 feet and landed in a clump of daylilies. Poor little critter. It was kind of funny though. He came back right away and was the first chipmunk at the peanut pile this morning. Muffin and I will be back early this afternoon as we talk about our new business venture, well, sort of. I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday and God bless!
Steve and Muffin. (top featured image is cleome)
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