Sunday’s Sunshine #24.

Good morning on this beautiful, though chilly Sunday! Still, it is definitely a beautiful looking day ahead, and all week really. But the nights are certainly getting cooler now. But that just means that fall is moving right along as it usually does. And the days are moving along rather fast now, racing along to the next season. Fall is short up here, even though it can last about 2 months, and some years a little longer. I think the animals can feel that winter is not far off. The chipmunks are so busy, picking up their food faster than ever, like winter is going to happen very quickly.

The Iceland poppies are still blooming.

And on the other side of the size scale, the bears are showing up with greater regularity as well. Friday night bears showed up 3 times. I don’t know if it was the same bear each time or if it was 2 or even 3 different bears that came along. There are 3 bears that visit here quite regularly, so it’s possible they were all different. One showed up around 8:30 or so, another about a half hour later. Then another showed up at 4:30am and he decided to do some rearranging on my deck, even moving that one step outside the door, which weighs about a hundred pounds. Easy for him to move, but I wish he would put it back when he’s done.

I’m not supposed to move anything over 10 pounds, according to my doctor. But I kind of need that step sitting where it’s supposed to be or I’ll end up falling flat on my face. Sigh. Bears were around at least 4 days/nights this past week. That’s too often. Oh well, the joys of living in a forested location. With all the bears in town I’m probably safer down at the river. I have been asked why I always say “down at the river”. Well, it’s because the river is, down that is, about 400 feet down from where I live. So about 2/3’s of the path is downhill on the way to the river, and that means, of course, that it is uphill coming back, which makes for good exercise. I would have guessed it was closer to 500 feet down, but the map says 400.

Back to the bears. The one bear Friday night actually stood up on his hind legs and looked in the living room window. Muffin was at the window right then, but when the bear looked inside that was too much for her, and she took off running to hide in the kitchen. And that’s where she stayed for 1 and a half hours. She would not come out any sooner no matter how much I tried to coax her. But considering how big that bear’s head is compared to Muffin’s head, I guess it’s easy to understand why she got so scared. Poor kitten. Then last night at around 8pm another bear showed up, likely one from the previous night. This time Muffin ran into the bedroom, forget about looking out the window. Sigh. I prefer the chipmunks myself. Muffin agrees with that. Well, I hope you have a beautiful day and God bless!

Steve and Muffin. (The top featured image is white and lilac phlox.)

Β©2021 Steve McLeod.

23 Comments on “Sunday’s Sunshine #24.

  1. Lovely photos Steve ! 🐻🐻🐻 can be problematic…actually one bear can cause problems ! 🐝 careful ! I feel sorry for you Muffin ! Your human takes good care of you ! β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈπŸ˜»πŸ™‚β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈ

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    • Hard to be careful when those bears come at all hours, just have to keep doing things, can’t stay indoors all the time, except in winter. That one bear had big teeth and he didn’t mind showing them! Poor Muffin sure doesn’t like those critters though!πŸ˜³πŸ™€πŸ»πŸ»πŸŒžβ˜•β˜•

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    • I don’t understand why they keep coming around, I make sure there is no food around for them at night and I only put out small amounts during the day so it gets eaten fast. Maybe there is still a smell of food around, but I even wash off the bird feeder. If they smell food in the house they will break in, it has happened many times to people. Now it’s too cold to have windows open so that helps. But they could easily push open my door if they wanted to try. I hope they don’t.πŸ˜³πŸ»πŸ™€

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  2. I wouldn’t be too happy having those bears show up so frequently! I don’t blame poor Muffin for being scared. When I visited Alaska, bear bells were the big thing. Hikers would wear them to ward off bear attacks but then a more recent study informed that was not a proven remedy. Also, blowing a whistle can frighten them off. Seems if bears pose a threat to humans, wildlife officials should be contacted to relocate them. πŸ»β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈπŸ™€

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    • Yes, bear bells were popular here too until they discovered they didn’t work all that well after all, and could even attract bears. Whistles are good, if it’s a loud one, air horns too work. They don’t relocate here anymore, it’s costly and the bears keep coming back anyway. They will shoot it if the bear is endangering life, but that can be a little late. The bear spray I have is supposed to be very effective, it’s stronger than the kind found at stores, not even legal in the US. I’m so careful to make sure there is no food left outside to attract them, but they still come.πŸ˜³πŸ»πŸ™€

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