Thoughts For Thursday. #8

Good morning to all of you on this very cold Thursday! The temp is sitting down at -33F (-37C) once again, but it is beautifully sunny out there again this morning. That sun is shining in here so nice a bright providing a beautiful, warm glow to the room. It illuminates the wood paneling on the walls and sparkles off the brightly colored insulators as they sit neatly arranged on their own display shelves. Muffin is sleeping in the sun on her quilt atop the insulator shelf unit.

She enjoys it up there in the morning. She lays there looking out the window until she gets sleepy and her head begins to droop. Then she just automatically curls up and she is asleep. Chickadees, nuthatches and about 30 redpolls are at the feeders this morning. Baxter and Betty, my two main blue jays, are here filling up with peanuts. But not one grosbeak has shown up this morning. No pine, nor evening, grosbeaks. It is so quiet out there without the grosbeaks around. I miss all that chatter.

Continuing our little trip to the river.

There are 3 nuthatches sitting in a small walnut tree outside my window sunning themselves. All 3 just came down to the feeders, likely going after the suet cakes, which is what they do most of the day. But they also take sunflower seeds or pieces of peanuts as well. I chopped up some peanuts and put them out with the sunflower seeds this morning. The little birds enjoy the peanuts, especially in this cold weather. I cannot see the feeders from where I am sitting. There really is not much action out there right now. I am sure that shrike is the reason my birds have disappeared.

I just counted 8 redpolls, 3 nuthatches and a couple chickadees out at the feeders. What a difference from a couple weeks ago when I had over a hundred grosbeaks, nearly 200 redpolls, more than 50 chickadees and nuthatches. But when a shrike decides to stay around, then the other birds will leave and go somewhere safer. Then the shrike leaves too, trying to find all those birds. Jasper was here quite a bit yesterday and was busy hauling peanuts off and burying them in different places. The blue jays watched and when he left they would come down and dig up his peanuts!

And there is the river.

A couple times he spotted them and then try to chase them away, which was kind of pointless since they would just fly into a try and Jasper would be left on the snow chattering at them. At one point he chased the blue jay up into the tree, but the blue jay would just keep moving to a higher branch. So Jasper gave up and decided to eat a couple peanuts. I guess that extra running around gave him an appetite. It is a beautiful morning, even though cold, but that sun is so bright and cheerful, the sky is so clear and blue. Thank you for reading everyone. Have a wonderful day and God bless!

Steve and Muffin.

Β©2022 Steve McLeod.

16 Comments on “Thoughts For Thursday. #8

  1. I’m finally getting to see Grosbeaks for the first time Steve…I saw the pine grosbeaks last year and this year I am seeing the evening grosbeaks. They are very beautiful. It must be pure joy to see and have so many around you.

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    • Yes, it was a terrific year for grosbeaks! It was the most I have had at my feeders in many years. They do go through those sunflower seeds fast but it’s worth it having them around! Hope you have a wonderful day Leola!πŸ˜€πŸ˜ΊπŸŒžβ˜•β˜•

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  2. Sky is clear and blue? isnt it the time to Celebrate and welcome spring πŸ˜‰πŸ₯³ Have fun watching Jasper and beautiful pictures πŸ₯° Have a Lovely day πŸ’–

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  3. Steve, it sounds like a good day to stay inside. We usually see your temperature or colder in February in the Far North. We. Have a balmy 10 F today. JG is often -40F to -45 F here. Have a wonderful rest of the day! 😎

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    • We normally have milder temps in February except for the beginning of the month. 10 to 15F would be normal right now, but we did get up to -5F today. That brilliant sunshine was so nice though, made it look like it should be warmer out there, but going outside brings one back to reality quite fast! But considering what Ukraine is going through, I won’t complain.πŸ˜¬πŸ™€

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  4. Very cold here ! And colder tonight ! Great pics ! Yes, we cannot complain when we see and hear what the Ukrainian people are going through ! Sleep well both of you ! πŸ™‚πŸ˜»πŸ˜΄

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    • Yes, colder here tonight as well, then it gradually gets milder. Yes indeed, so sad to see what they are going through. Have a good night!πŸ˜πŸ˜»πŸŒ™πŸ˜΄

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