Sunday’s Sunshine #20.

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)

ยฉ2021 Steve McLeod.

25 Comments on “Sunday’s Sunshine #20.

  1. They need more food these days, you should improve your supply๐Ÿ˜‰ skamper tail ๐Ÿ˜ฎ he must have wiggled that tail too much somewhere ๐Ÿ˜‚ poor him, hope his tail recovers before they go to their long hibernation. how long they do? ๐Ÿค” zinnia? this one is spectacular โค๏ธ it stole my heart, daylilly is beautiful too… Amazing photo Uncle Steve ๐Ÿ˜ get some tan, and have a lovely sunny Sunday ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—

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    • It’s getting hard to find peanuts๐Ÿฅœ๐Ÿฅœ๐Ÿฅœ in town right now, too many cottagers around now and they are buying the peanuts๐Ÿฅœ๐Ÿ˜• to feed to their squirrels and chipmunks.๐Ÿ™‚ That will change by the end of the month when they all go back home again.๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜› It is a beautiful zinnia and I love daylilies so that one is a favorite of mine, more to come!๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ“ท
      It is so beautiful out today, need to get out there and enjoy it!๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ˜Ž Good night Simon!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ˜ด๐ŸŒ™


      • More favorite ๐Ÿ˜ I’m excited to see ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ hope you enjoyed your outdoor walks without bear disturbance ๐Ÿ˜…

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      • I’m just walking in the driveway, so there shouldn’t be a problem, although it is always possible since they come in the yard all the time.๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™€


      • Back and forth on the driveway I go!๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธ

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      • Did you tried like me? I tried keeping a bat electrically charged and warned the mosquitoes, whoever dares to touch me will be cooked to Ashes and slept๐Ÿ˜‰ guess what happened? ๐Ÿฅบ they spoils my night ๐Ÿง๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ™„it was a noisy night๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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      • Didn’t that hurt the poor little bat?๐Ÿ˜ฒ Did you keep him in a cage or tied up?๐Ÿคจ Poor bat.๐Ÿฆ‡ See, if you didn’t have the bat caged and electrocuted, he could have eaten all those mosquitoes!๐Ÿคจ๐ŸฆŸ๐ŸฆŸ๐ŸฆŸ๐ŸฆŸ๐ŸฆŸ๐Ÿฆ‡๐Ÿฆ‡๐Ÿฆ‡


      • ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿค” I was referring this kind of chargeable Bat that could kill mosquito ๐ŸŽพ๐Ÿคฆ anyway, my sleepless night is not a joke ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ™„ I barely work at office ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚feeling half-asleep most time ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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      • Oh, that kind of bat.๐Ÿ™„ That’s better.๐Ÿ˜ Maybe what you need is ear plugs so you can’t hear the mosquitoes buzzing.๐Ÿค”๐ŸฆŸ๐ŸฆŸ๐ŸฆŸ Might work.๐Ÿ˜


      • Tried that too, then they start shoveling their small little needles onto my skin, there I woke up “ouch” and a “tap” on the wrong area, and I missed it again like the millionth time ๐Ÿ™„ they tortured me again ๐Ÿ˜ญ next time, I’m going to write on a paper “I’m not sleeping, I’ll kill you if I find you biting me” ๐Ÿค“๐Ÿค” that sounds like a plan, isn’t it ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜‰

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      • I know, just pretend the biting doesn’t bother you,๐Ÿ˜ then the mosquitoes will give up and go away. Sound like a good plan?๐Ÿค” It might work, they like to bother people, if it doesn’t work, it won’t be fun for them so they leave.๐Ÿ˜„๐ŸฆŸ๐ŸฆŸ Or maybe wrap yourself tightly in a blanket with only your head sticking out.๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜› After a while they won’t be able to find a new area to bite, so they will give up and leave.๐Ÿ˜ Sound like a good idea?๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜›๐ŸฆŸ๐ŸฆŸ๐ŸฆŸ๐ŸฆŸ๐Ÿคฏ๐Ÿคฏ


      • You don’t believe, they bit my face too ๐Ÿ™„ my cheeks and my eyebrows ๐Ÿ˜ต that won’t bother me? it did ๐Ÿ˜‘ I took revenge again ๐Ÿ˜‰ but they went stealth mode again, then I gave up, and let them bit me ๐Ÿ˜‘and woke up with some several bump marks on my face and hand and hips ๐Ÿ˜‚ they are very bad… savage mosquitoes ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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      • Yep, I agree, they are savage mosquitoes indeed,๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐ŸฆŸ all they want all the time is blood,๐ŸฆŸ blood,๐ŸฆŸ they’re not interested in sitting down and talking about a deal,๐Ÿ™„๐ŸฆŸ nope, just blood, that’s all they want and they want it all!๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐ŸฆŸ๐ŸฆŸ๐ŸฆŸ


  2. Flowers are so beautiful ! …the way you describe the comings and goings of the animals and birds makes me feel that I am there with you ! Another fine day Steve and Muffin ! Enjoy it ! โ˜•๏ธโ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ˜บ๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿฅœ๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿฅœ

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    • Thanks so much Sharon! Yes, a beautiful day, but our sun has been mostly blocked by high flying smoke again. That will probably keep the temp down a bit. Yep, time to go out and enjoy the day!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜บ๐ŸŒžโ˜•โ˜•๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐ŸŒผ๐Ÿ๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ“ท


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