Saturday’s Solitude #21.

Good morning everyone and a very happy Saturday to you as well! It’s a bit chilly this morning with a temp of 48F (9C). It’s supposed to warm up to 70F (21C), though that’s a little hard to believe. It has been nice and sunny as well, but the clouds are moving in now. Tomorrow the temp is supposed to climb all the way to 85F (29C). I just can’t imagine that one, though it has happened like that before around this time in September. We get one hot day, then the temp falls back to normal, which is what will happen this year too, Monday the temp falls again drastically. Oh well.

There are 15 blue jays out here this morning, and 5 chipmunks, 4 of my chipmunks are no longer coming so I guess they have enough stored away for the winter and they have decided it’s time to stay in their little dens. Well, with all the peanuts they have been hiding away this summer, those “little” dens must be quite big! It should be quite nice down at the river these days. The old pine needles are turning brown and starting to fall covering everything below with those bright rusty brown needles. It looks very nice and that new layer of needles can get quite thick in places. Much of the path at the river is just a thick mat of pine needles, very soft and quiet for walking on.

From the river back in July.

But it would be fairly quiet now, might hear some chickadees and nuthatches. A few woodpeckers would show up now and then. There would still be a few sparrows around, crows too, blue jays would be heard now and then though most have moved into town for the winter. But there wouldn’t be the singing of the summer birds, just little chirps here and there. The chickadees actually sing more in winter than summer it seems, singing out their name as they hunt for food and hide as much as they can for the tough winter months ahead. Most of our winter birds will do that, otherwise they wouldn’t survive the winter. The ones who find bird feeders for the winter have an easy time, which is good.

I feed birds, which helps them, and by their coming around it brightens up my winter, which helps me. Some of our winter birds have already started coming around looking for food. This is the time of year they start planning where to eat for the winter, so I will need to start feeding properly very soon. I have to make my feeder a little more bear proof first, if there is such a thing. I’ll make it harder for them if nothing else. And I’ll make sure there’s no food out there at night. But it’s necessary to begin, or I won’t have many birds around this winter.

One of the lakes my friend and I visited the end of August.

More color is showing up in the trees, leaves are falling, scattering around on the lawns, giving that beautiful fall look. We had a few days this past week with a lot of eagles heading south. We always have a few that stay here along the river, but most go south. Mostly it has been bald eagles, but I have also seen a few golden eagles. Autumn can be a beautiful time of year. For us it is mostly cool, cloudy and wet, but we do get some nice sunny weather too, usually in early October, but it doesn’t normally last very long. But it’s so nice, beautiful sunshine and bright colors, a fabulous mix. I think the chipmunks are calling for more food. I hope you all have a beautiful weekend and God bless!

Steve and Muffin.

Β©2021 Steve McLeod.

22 Comments on “Saturday’s Solitude #21.

  1. Thats good, find a way, these bears should not come here again. So your mission is done, giving them enough nuts to store in winter😁 you are getting them lazyπŸ€”πŸ˜‚πŸ˜… enjoy the blue Jays arrival. wish you a lovely SaturdayπŸ€—πŸ€—

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    • Always kind of sad to see the chipmunks go for another season,😟 such a long time!😐 But they are well fed anyway! Yep, I’m enjoying all those blue jays!πŸ˜πŸ€Έβ€β™‚οΈ It has been a very nice day, sunny and sort of mild.πŸ˜€πŸ˜ΊπŸŒž Tomorrow, hot! Well, that’s the forecast, but somehow I doubt it.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜ΉπŸŒž

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      • Yay! Don’t doubt the forecast. It will be hot, we have it hot here πŸ˜… sweating πŸ˜… chipmunks will still come right πŸ˜‰πŸ€” but not often right? Happy feeding Blue Jays✨ Have you done making bear proof feeders πŸ˜‰βœ¨ Enjoy the beautiful Sunday πŸŽ‰πŸ₯³

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      • Looks like the forecast will be right today,πŸ˜ƒπŸŒžπŸ˜Έ then thunderstorms tonight and cold tomorrow again.πŸ₯Ά Chipmunks will stop completely around the end of the month,😟 maybe a little into October for the youngest ones who haven’t gathered enough food yet. No, haven’t started the bird feeders yet.πŸ™„ I was going to work on it yesterday but a couple things happened so I had to change plans.πŸ™„ I’ll get it done this week.πŸ˜€ Have a nice evening Simon!πŸ˜πŸŒ™

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  2. Thanks for sharing the pics ! Suppose to be 30 tomorrow…we’ll see…enjoy today ! β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈπŸ™‚πŸ˜»πŸΏπŸΏπŸΏπŸΏπŸ₯œπŸ₯œπŸ₯œπŸ₯œβ˜•οΈβ˜•οΈ

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  3. So beautifully written and very inspiring πŸŒ·πŸ™πŸ‘ŒπŸŒ·The squirrels,birds and Muffin all so
    Small world for you , so nice to read their stories 🌷😊β™₯️Very beautiful nature photo πŸ‘πŸŒ·
    All The Best for you and happy weekend to you πŸŒ·πŸ™β™₯️🌷

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  4. It can be very beautiful in the fall. Our trees are still mostly green yet but I do see a hint of yellow also, so I’m sure it won’t be long before they turn.
    Good post Steve!!😁

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