Good morning to all of you on this very chilly New Year’s Day! We have a beautiful, sunny morning here with a somewhat hazy blue sky. And when I went out to feed the birds this morning I nearly froze solid with that temperature hovering around -42F (-41C)! We often start the year with cold weather so it is nothing new. But that does not make it easier. The featured image at the top was taken last year on New Year’s day down at the river. It was not quite so cold last year at this time. The cold weather came a little later.
I was hoping to walk down to the river this year too on January 1st, but that was before they forecast this cold weather. Now I will wait for a break in the cold. But I can imagine what it is like down there. The river is likely frozen over completely this year, but not because of the cold weather. It stayed open all winter last year, even in the cold. And it does most winters, due to the strong current in the river. But this year they are letting very little water out of the dam, which is a little upstream from where I go walking. Therefore there is not much current so the river is freezing in places it normally does not. It is just one of those years.
Yesterday I went out with more seeds and filled up the feeders. The pine grosbeaks barely waited for me to finish and they were down eating. Even on the feeder which is on the deck. I was standing right beside that feeder and they came down, sitting beside my arm munching away. I talked to them and they looked at me, but they were not afraid of me. Jasper and Garnet were both here yesterday, though I have not seen them yet today. But I am sure they will visit later.
However, all the birds are here, and all came nice and early for another day of eating. I only have 2 blue jays left now and they do not stay around for long. But the numbers of the other birds continue to increase, so they must be spreading the word that this is a good restaurant to visit. Good food and good service is what we give here! Once again, Happy New Year to you all, I do hope it will be a great year for everyone! Have a wonderful and enjoyable day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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