Good morning everyone! Another chilly morning out there, at least in this area of the world. The temperature is -38F (-39C) this morning. It just does not seem like it wants to warm up. However, Friday is supposed to be somewhat milder, I sure hope they are right with that forecast. That cold weather is really affecting my health in a very negative way. So I am trying to stay indoors as much as possible these days, all winter really. But I like to spend time outdoors too, even in winter. It has been a challenge this winter however.
There are lots of little birds out there again this morning. I put out fresh suet cakes for them and they have been popular since the birds arrived. It is amazing how fast they are eating them in this cold weather. I saw one pine grosbeak, a female, this morning, and that is it for the grosbeaks. All the birds disappeared for a while again this morning, so that means the shrike must have been around again. For those who maybe do not know, a shrike is a bird that eats other birds. It is not a hawk however.
It is the same size as blue jays, if that helps any, so they are not a big bird. But they will go after birds as big as blue jays, or even larger at times. Mostly, however, they eat small birds like chickadees, nuthatches and redpolls. Chickadees seem to be a favorite since they are slower than the other birds.
Well, I have some more photos of my collections to share with you this morning. The first photo is some old tins, candy, crackers and others. It can sometimes be hard to date tins since many were used for longer periods which changes to the design. Then there is some old medicine bottles, boxes and tins in the next photo. Some of those still have their original medicine, some have never been opened. But I certainly do not think it wise to use any of this medication, it would likely make you very sick, or worse.
The medicine bottles, etc, are from 1880 up to the 1960’s. One nice thing about collecting old medicine bottles is that for the most part they are small, therefore a good item to collect if you don’t have much space. The last picture is Asta, the dog, used in the “Thin Man” series of movies from the late 1930’s to 1947. I am not sure how old the toy dog is, but would be from that time period of the movies. Thank you so much for joining me again today. I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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