It is indeed a cold morning here with a temperature of -40, which is the same whether it is degrees F or C. So, grab a cup of coffee and join me for a few minutes. I went out early this morning to get the food ready for when the birds arrive. So it was still quite dark. As I got outside I could hear this light pounding, so I stopped to listen. It was Chester, my little chickadee friend. He was eating a piece of a peanut that I had put out the day before. Yesterday, after all the bigger birds had left for the day, I broke a few peanuts into pieces for the chickadees, nuthatches and redpolls.
I had seen one chickadee trying to break open a peanut that I had put out for the blue jays and squirrels. That’s why I decided to help them out. That one chickadee watched me break up the peanuts and after I put them on the feeder he was right there getting himself a piece. I am thinking it may have been Chester, but I’m not certain. After a little while, most of the chickadees were coming for those peanuts. Even one redpoll found them and just sat there enjoying them. The nuthatches stayed with the suet. I put 2 new suet cakes out for them this morning and they are filled with broken pieces of peanuts. I notice the nuthatches were enjoying them this morning.
But poor Chester this morning, sitting in the dark eating his peanut. He would chop away at it and eat a little, then he would hold it in his beak so he could warm his feet, then he would eat again. He continued this until he was finished, then he took another piece and flew off to a tree to eat it. One chickadee yesterday managed to find a full half of a peanut, picked it up and flew off with it. Amazing he could carry something so big. But I am sure he was quite happy with it.
The grosbeaks are filling the feeders right now, with the little redpolls running around in between them digging through those seed shells for little pieces of seeds. A downy woodpecker working at the suet, a nuthatch at one of the other suet feeders. And chickadees flying in, grabbing a seed or piece of peanut and back to their bush, or tree, they go. I had to be out there with bare hands this morning. I am glad it was only for a few minutes. It was cold. My hands felt it too. Must be time for more coffee, please help yourself. Have a wonderful day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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