Good morning and Happy Friday everyone! It is a beautiful, sunshiny morning here with a temperature of 23F (-5C) and everything is covered with a thick layer of frost. But the sun is warm and the temperature will climb throughout the day. It looks like we have lost about a foot (30cm) of our snow so far, which is very good really. And if the forecast is correct for today to Sunday, then a lot more of that snow will melt. But my walkway is just a solid layer of ice right now and I have run out of sand and that ice melting stuff.
Guess I will need to get some more since there will be ice around for a long time yet. But it is such a beautiful morning. The evening grosbeaks fill the feeders and trees and their lively chirping is constant the whole time they are here, which is about 8am to 2pm, then they disappear until the next morning. Redpolls are here too, though only about 20 of them today, there was about 60 of them yesterday.
I put the bird food out at 7am this morning, but it was a whole hour before the first birds showed up, which were the redpolls, followed by nuthatches, chickadees, grosbeaks and blue jays came last, but have remained here for the past hour. There are 4 blue jays coming now each day. I have been trying to count the birds out there this morning, but they are constantly flying back and forth from the trees to the feeders.
More redpolls have shown up now so there is at least 40 of them, probably more since I cannot see the ones on the ground from inside. There are at least 80 or more evening grosbeaks, I have managed to count up to 72 of them, but there were still more in another tree that I did not count, then they all flew. I thought they did anyway, but some stayed behind and came quickly down to the feeder. At one point there were so many grosbeaks on the main feeder they could barely move around, then they all flew up to the trees, except for one.
That happens quite a bit. I sometimes think that one that stays behind must have scared the others, perhaps with a fake alarm call, or in some way scaring the others so they can eat in peace for a bit. Why else would one stay behind and keep eating like nothing happened? Oh well. It is fun watching them anyway. I should go out and try for some pictures. Thank you for stopping by today! Have a fabulous Friday and God bless!
Steve and Muffin. (Praying for the people of Ukraine)
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