Good morning everyone! It’s a cloudy and very windy day here, signalling a change in the weather is happening. That simply means it’s getting colder, more like what it should be this time of the year. Yesterday the temperature hit a high of 70F (21C), which was very nice indeed. The wind has already changed to the north and the clouds moved in a bit sooner than expected, so I doubt it will get very warm today, which is supposed to be 57F (14C). The feeders are very busy this morning, Theodore was here for a while, but she just had a quick breakfast, meaning she ate all the sunflower seeds on the feeder, then she left. Guess she didn’t want to talk today.
There are 22 blue jays here this morning. What a sight it is when I put out the peanuts and all these blue missiles come flying in! I call them missiles because they fold their wings in tight and drop in from the trees, just spreading their wings at the last moment to stop themselves. It really is a magnificent sight! And their numbers keep growing which is also nice…providing I don’t run out of peanuts. That could be bad. As I mentioned yesterday, I had two visitors who had been around regularly before.
That is Jasper and Jasmine! Two of the squirrels that had been here before, and my two favorites, but like all the other squirrels they had been chased away by Slim. Now Slim is gone. Jasper had shown up a couple of times but kept being chased away by Slim who always seemed to know when Jasper came. I was surprised to see both Jasper and Jasmine come together, but obviously they must still be mates. Jasper came right up to me, Jasmine didn’t, although she did allow me to get close for some pics, as you can see.
I didn’t get any pictures of Jasper however, but we did have a talk, then he left to chase Chase, who also showed up. Jasper is out there again right now, and Theodore came back for a second try at breakfast, but again didn’t stay long, but she did eat the sunflower seeds on the feeder so I needed to go put more out. The evening grosbeaks are here now and there are at least 24 of them. Like the blue jays, their numbers are also increasing which is good. I’m working on a new feeder for the grosbeaks and other small birds, one that the pigeons won’t be able to get on. So I’m off to work on that before it gets any colder. With that strong north wind it already feels very cold out there. Have a great day everyone and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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