Good morning to all of you! It is another nice mild morning here with a temperature of 7F (-14C). So nice to go out and feed the birds without having gloves on. There was an inch (2.5cm) of new snow out there this morning so I had to clean off all the feeders. The chickadees, redpolls and pine grosbeaks were waiting patiently for me to get things cleaned up and fresh seeds put out for them. And they certainly came down quickly once I was finished! The sun is now shining and the feeders and trees are full of birds right now. The evening and pine grosbeaks look so nice as they sit in the trees with the sun shining on them.
Baxter and Betty, the blue jays, are here this morning too and are spending more time here than they have all this year so far. It is always nice to see them out there. Even though Baxter is so friendly, he still will not come to my hand for food. Very odd. Actually, I have never had a blue jay land on my hand but I have seen many pictures of people with blue jays on their hand. But I have had Baxter and one other blue jay land on my knee to get a peanut while I was sitting out there. Maybe I just need to spend more time with them.
That is a little hard to do in the winter however and they are not around for most of the summer during their nesting time. Well, I made it to the river yesterday! That was my first time down there since the end of July last year. It was a beautiful walk, though it was not an easy walk. The person who looks after keeping the trail open with his snowmobile has only made one trip down there this winter, and only a single track. Usually he makes it double width and makes a couple trips back and forth which makes a very nice trail to walk on. This time however, the snow was still quite soft which makes the walking much harder.
Gives the legs a good workout though and my legs were complaining a lot by the time I got home. My back complained the most however. That is because someone stole the bench from down at the river, so I had nowhere to sit and rest my back. That is quite essential for me so I can walk back home comfortably. Fortunately there is a tree stump there, but it has been cut at an angle so a person cannot really sit on it, more like leaning on it. But it did help a lot, however it was still a hard walk back home.
The beauty of the walk made it worth the extra pain however and I plan to try again tomorrow. I will talk more about the walk on Saturday. The scenery was just beautiful. As you can see in the pictures, there was open water still, though not as much as last winter. Still, it was nice to see, and there were 2 goldeneye ducks swimming and diving out in the water. I did get a lot of pictures along the path which I will be sharing over the next days. Thank you for stopping by to read, I hope you all have a most wonderful day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin. (top image showing snow filled trees along the path)
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