Good morning and Happy Friday everyone! It is that time of the week again when people are happy that it is that time of the week again. I think that made sense, even if it doesn’t sound like it. But it is true. Anyway, it is not so cold this morning as it was yesterday, 15F (-9C), with a strong wind again. But it feels much better anyway. The small birds, such as the chickadees and nuthatches, are plentiful as usual which is always nice to see.
There is not many evening grosbeaks though, I’m not sure why they are not around, the rock doves have not been a problem today, or yesterday. But there is a few grosbeaks this morning anyway. A small flock of red crossbills flew overhead, probably a dozen or so. It would be nice to get them down to the feeder. Only once have I had them at my feeder, since I began feeding birds years ago. They do like sunflower seeds, just like all the other birds.
They are an interesting bird, small, not much different in size to the chickadees, just a little larger. And they have unique bills that cross over each other. I would love to get a picture of them too. Some evening grosbeaks have returned I see, they are fun, lively birds to have around. Late yesterday afternoon I decided to go out and spend some time with the chickadees and nuthatches before they went off to bed. And I wanted to see if any would come to my hand. It was a bit colder yesterday, but not bad for winter, the temp at the time was 10F (-12C), and not much of a breeze.
So there I was, my bare hand full of sunflower seeds as I waited for some birds to come along. There were a lot of them and after about 10 minutes they started landing on my hand. Soon there was a steady group of them landing on my hand, one at a time, taking their seed and off they go to their favorite branch to open it. Yes, they do each have their favorite branch to use, though they will go to other branches too. Then a couple of red-breasted nuthatches joined the chickadees coming to my hand. At one point because a chickadee was already on my hand, two red-breasted nuthatches landed on my head to wait their turn.
I was wearing a toque at the time, so it was probably warm for their little feet. I just wish I could get a picture when things like that happen. I guess I could have used my phone, but my hands were so cold by that time I doubt I would have been able to hold the phone, and still take a picture. But I will give it a try next time. I did nearly freeze my fingers though. But it was so much fun! I don’t know how many birds were actually coming to my hand, but there was both male and female in chickadees and nuthatches. It was a beautiful time and I am always thankful for these little bundles of joy. Have a fantastical Friday everyone and God bless!
Steve and Muffin. (two more of my favorite pics today from the last 3 years)
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