Good morning everyone! It is a little chillier this morning with that temp down to -25F (-32C). But it is supposed to warm up to 5F (-15C), so maybe I will try for another walk to the river. However, it is supposed to be even milder tomorrow so I might wait until then. It was quite nice yesterday, the sun was shining and the temp got up to 8F (-13C), so I spent some time out with the birds. I figured my bare hands would not freeze too quickly. So I put seeds on my hand to attract birds, and it worked quite nicely, as you can see from the pictures. However, I did cheat a bit.
I stood up close to the feeder and put my hand up where the birds could see it good, and it would not be far out of their way. The redpolls found me fast and there were 5 different female redpolls and one male that took turns sitting on my hand. I did have 2 at once on my hand, but that picture didn’t turn out unfortunately. Sometimes I get close to the feeder like this with my hand so the birds will get used to coming, then I can move further away and they will still come. I was able to stay out there for half an hour, but by then my hands were getting cold so I came back in.
But I did get quite a few nice pics of the redpolls, so I was very happy. My hands were perhaps not quite so happy, especially as the pain set in once I got back inside and they began to warm up. Amazing how painful that can be sometimes. Certainly does not help my arthritis. But it is so much fun having the birds on my hand! I was hoping the pine grosbeaks would come over too, they were on the feeder, and one did land on my arm, but none came to my hand.
If I do not go for my walk to the river today, I will be trying with the birds again. I would really like to get a picture of the pine grosbeaks on my hand, but they are afraid of the camera. The sun is now shining on the tops of the trees. The birds are busy at the feeders. Jasper was here hiding peanuts in a bucket on the deck. He does this every day. Garnet has discovered this and when Jasper is gone he will come and take the peanuts back to his home. Jasper is probably wondering why that bucket never fills up. Oh well. Thank you for stopping by, have a fabulous Friday and God bless!
Steve and Muffin. (top image, following the path to the river, walking through the snow)
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