Good morning everyone! It’s actually still dark as I write this morning. It’s winter. Even with the time change it still doesn’t get daylight very early anymore. Such a difference from summer. I enjoy waking up to the sound of birds singing cheerfully and the early morning sun shining into my bedroom. Now it’s dark. The birds still sing cheerfully, but it’s later now. It is nice, however, to hear the birds chirping noisily out on the feeders and from the trees after daylight finally breaks through that darkness. Speaking of birds…
Theodore hasn’t been around since the snowstorm, haven’t even heard her gobbling anywhere out there. But then I’m not exactly standing around outside for any length of time these days. Right now, and for the next few months, I really prefer to stay indoors that time of morning and enjoy my nice hot coffee. I have a new little friend. I named him Chester, like one of my chipmunks, for now anyway. I needed a name that started with CH. It’s a chickadee, which is why the CH. He is the last chickadee out here each evening. When I go out to bring the feeders in for the night, he is there, still eating.
So I stand there and talk to him until he’s finished eating. Perhaps he’s not getting enough to eat during the day so he needs to stay later than the others. Yesterday it was almost dark when I went out to bring the feeders in. I had turned on the deck light so I could see better. I didn’t really expect to see Chester, but there he was, pecking at a seed. And he ate several more before he finally flew off into the darkness. He shouldn’t have to worry too much about predators anyway. Except maybe an owl. And we do have owls around here. But they are big owls which are usually more interested in other things, not little birds. Usually.
Hopefully I can get him/her to land on my hand so I can tell if it’s a male or female. That way I can give it the right name. My white-breasted nuthatches are back again, I’m happy about that. And the red-breasted nuthatches too. The female hairy woodpecker has been enjoying the suet I put out. I haven’t seen the male on there yet, but he doesn’t come around as frequently as the female. That will change as the weather gets colder. Seems we might get some snow this week, though it isn’t supposed to be much. We’ll see. No winter photos today, there will be a lot coming in the future, so I’ll stay with snow free photos for a while yet. Have a wonderful Monday everyone and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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