Good morning everyone! I missed my morning post yesterday, did you notice? I went shopping early and by the time I got back home the morning was nearly gone and I wanted to walk down to the river yesterday while the path was still open. What that means is, we are getting more snow today which will mean hard walking along that path until either the man with his snowmobile comes along, or enough people walk the path to pack down the snow. Either way it could take a while before I go back to the river.
It started snowing early this morning and there is about 3 inches (7.5cm) of new snow so far. It is supposed to snow all day and perhaps even overnight. It just depends how this storm moves, a bit more to the south, or to the north. The birds are very busy this morning. I am only putting out smaller amounts of seeds at a time today so the birds can eat it all before it gets covered with snow. Something scared the birds a little earlier, probably a shrike, though I could not see anything around. But the grosbeaks all flew away and the smaller birds sat motionless in the trees and bushes.
I sure hope no shrike decides to hang around this year since I do not have all my blue jays here to protect the other birds this winter. The disappearance of my blue jays is something I do not understand. It could be that more people are feeding birds in the area so the blue jays do not have to fly as far to get food. The certainly can get lots of food here. But even my two main blue jays, Baxter and Betty, do not come around much right now. The two Canada jays that were coming before Christmas are also not coming around anymore. Hmm, the grosbeaks are still not back, but the smaller birds are active once more.
My walk to the river yesterday was beautiful, it was mild 14F (-10C), just a light north wind and it was sunny. A beautiful day for a walk. There were more birds around yesterday than my last walk. One thing that surprised me was the abundance of red-breasted nuthatches. Many of those are likely among the ones that come here. There was also black-capped chickadees, pileated woodpecker, another smaller woodpecker which I could not see, actually two of them, possibly hairy woodpeckers, both red and white-winged crossbills, common goldeneye ducks and another larger duck that was too far away to identify, possibly a common merganser, ravens, common redpolls and pine grosbeaks.
I also saw 3 squirrels, one was Scramble, my little friend and he came down quite happily for the peanuts I put out for him. Well, just got back in from cleaning the snow off the feeders again. There is now 4 inches (10cm) of snow and still snowing. I need to go clean off the deck before it gets any deeper. Thank you for reading, have a wonderful day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin. Top featured image at the river.
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