Good morning everyone and Happy Friday as well! It’s a little chilly this morning, but not too bad really. It was down to -12F (-24C) overnight, but it has already warmed up to -6F (-21C). It is mostly cloudy, but there is some blue sky showing as well. The birds are very busy though there are less grosbeaks here this morning than usual, but the number of common redpolls seems to be increasing. I saw a little junco again yesterday, so it is still managing to survive through all our cold weather.
I had not seen it for a few days so I thought perhaps it has died. Hopefully he continues to find enough food around here. Speaking of finding food. There are two deer that now come up on the deck looking for food. I chase them away during the day, so now they come at night. I hear that horrible scrunch scrunch across the deck as the deer walk across that frozen snow. It is very loud and wakes me up. And as soon as one leaves, the other one comes.
So in total they are out there about 20 minutes or more and it keeps me awake. By the time they leave, I am thoroughly awake and can’t get back to sleep. I might have to look at making a gate so they cannot get on the deck. For that I would need my landlord’s permission. And warmer weather to make the gate. And this morning I discovered the larger of the two deer can reach one of my hanging feeders and cleaned it out last night. That’s why he was out there longer than usual.
The simple solution is to remove the food temptation and they stop coming. Well, it is not that simple. Deer, like bears, once they find food will keep coming back, even if they don’t find anymore food. They do not give up easily. However, I am going to do that anyway since making a gate is out of the question at the moment. I discovered that my new neighbors cat is really an outdoor cat, and he is anxious to get out. That will be a big problem for my birds, and a bigger problem for my chipmunks.
Apparently his cat loves catching chipmunks. Cats are good at that. His dog also likes doing that. So feeding the chipmunks might have to stop to keep them safe. Sigh. I will have to stop feeding the birds earlier too. Oh well, I have to stop because of the bears anyway. I will just have to go out walking more so I can watch the birds. Not much wind right now, hopefully it stays that way so I can head down to the river again later. Thank you for stopping by today. It’s another fabulous Friday! Have a great day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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