Good morning everyone! I hope you are all well and enjoying your day. It is very nice here this morning with a temperature of 23F (-5C), cloudy and it just finished snowing a short while ago. We really didn’t get much snow overnight, maybe an inch (2.5cm). I went out at 7:20 this morning to put the feeders out before the birds arrived, it was still dark at that time. But the chickadees met me as I came out! I have never seen the chickadees out when it is still dark, until this winter. I did leave one feeder and one suet feeder outside last night, so they did have food to start their early day.
The female downy was the first woodpecker to show up this morning. She usually is the first woodpecker to arrive each morning now. While she was there at the one suet feeder I looked over to suet feeder #2 and a chickadee was on it, and over on suet feeder #3 there was a red-breasted nuthatch. Oddly enough, though the red-breasted nuthatches love the suet, I have never seen a white-breasted nuthatch eating suet. It’s the same with the jays, Canada jays love the suet, but blue jays won’t go near it. After the downy woodpecker was finished with her suet, she went over to one of the hanging feeders, picked up a sunflower seed and off she flew.
Jasper was here this morning too getting some peanuts. Chuck, the crow, likes to follow Jasper and pick up the peanuts that Jasper hides. Jasper is not too smart sometimes when it comes to hiding peanuts. He hid one out in the yard and left, right away Chuck was down after the peanut and Jasper came running back chasing the crow. But the crow was back down again when Jasper left. This went on no less than 10 times, but, the last time Jasper quickly picked up his peanut and ran off with it. Chuck obviously did not see that and he was back down digging all around that spot trying to find the peanut which was no longer there.
It was funny to watch Chuck digging all around for nothing. That is a win for Jasper. However, Jasper has lost a lot of peanuts too, as I have watched Chuck go down and find what Jasper has hidden. I learned something a couple days ago, that is, the word “suet” does not always translate into other languages when people use the Google translate widget. One of my faithful readers pointed this out to me, so I learned something which was quite interesting. So, I am going to do a post a little later today about suet and how I make my “suet cakes” for the birds. Thank you all for joining me here again today! Have a wonderful day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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