Fabulous Friday! #2

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.

Female common redpoll on my hand.

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.

Male common redpoll on 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)

ยฉ2022 Steve McLeod.

575 Comments on “Fabulous Friday! #2

  1. It’s a challenge to take photo on one hand and keep the hand steady so birds can sit at their convenience, good try Steve, this is amazing and I can see the birds trust you. Awesome photography, and you can try they with gloves on right? why go through pain ? You should be careful with the cold, sadly, the word careful is not found in Ontario with Steve Uncle ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚. Anyway, stay warm, Muffin, did you had your food on time ๐Ÿ˜‰ Have a good day to you both โœจ๐Ÿ˜‡

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    • It is a challenge to keep that camera steady with one hand and still get a good picture! Some of them didn’t turn out, but most did so that was really nice. Yes, I could use gloves, but I like to feel their little feet on my fingers!๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿฆ It’s just so amazing. Careful?๐Ÿค” Hmm, I must look up the definition of that word, it sounds interesting!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ™„
      Meow,meow=me get food on time, I jump like kangaroo on my human, he get up fast!๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

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      • Ha ha ha, so sweet of you Muffin๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…. So he feeds you on time, that’s a good part. Feeling birds small strong legs yes it’s an amazing feel, I had very few times and I love it. yep, it’s worth it ๐Ÿ˜‰ but don’t keep your hand out too long๐Ÿ˜„

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      • I only stay out until I can’t feel their feet anymore, then I know it’s time to come inside! Actually, I try not to wait quite that long!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜ณ

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      • You better stop testing with that long, make it short. shorter the out time Warner you stay ๐Ÿ˜…. I’ve been missing your previous stories,I’m having good times recent days, will quickly start reading from the latest part.

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      • It’s sunny right now and 14F (-10C) so it’s a great day to be outside and I’m going for my walk shortly.๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐ŸŒฒ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐ŸŒฒ

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      • Yes indeed a beautiful day with a lovely walk to the river!๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŒฒ

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  2. Steve, your photos are awesome! You have quite the way with birds! have to figure a way to keep your hands from frostbite. They are certainly your friends but are not keeping your hands warm
    Have a blessed enjoyable weekend!

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  3. It is such a blessing to have the birds come and sit on your hand ! Or arm or head ! Lovely photography Steve ! Hope your pain has lightened up ! ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ˜บ๐Ÿ’™

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    • Yes, I really enjoy having the birds landing on me, just fantastic! Thanks so much Sharon, have a good night!๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜ป๐ŸŒ™๐Ÿ˜ด

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