Tuesday’s Chatter. #12

Good morning everyone! It is very nice to see all of you here with us this morning. Time to grab a cup of coffee and relax for a few minutes. Muffin is already into the relaxing part, she has begun her morning nap. She does not like coffee anyway. Well, I was fully expecting to wake up to a lot of snow this morning, but there was only 2 inches (5cm). There was a fine rain coming down when I went out to feed the birds this morning. But it is warm enough at 32F (0C) to keep it from freezing and causing icy problems.

Female common redpoll with sunflower seed.

And the temp is supposed to rise to about 37F (3C) later on. At least that is warm enough to melt some of the snow we got anyway. The birds are very busy again this morning and are here in higher numbers too. A fresh bit of snow will do that. Last evening when I went out to put the bird feeders away a small flock of Canada geese flew past. The first of the season! That was so nice to see.

It makes a person think more of spring. The birds are starting to return, though I don’t know if the geese will actually stay, there is no real bare ground for them yet, except small patches in some sunny locations. Like across the street. There is a south facing hillside there and the snow is gone on much of that hillside now. Well, it was until this latest bit of snow. But it will melt fast over there. Back here where I live it takes much longer, the snow is still about 18 inches (45cm) deep.

Male common redpoll with sunflower seed.

But that is a lot better than the 3 feet (90cm) that was out there. Unless the forecast is wrong, melting will slow down considerably for the next couple of weeks. That is bad. It means all of this ice will be here for a long time. It is treacherous walking around outside right now. Just going to get my mail is a dangerously slow walk since nearly the whole distance of 100 feet is ice now. And it is very rough ice too, with footprints and tire tracks frozen in the ice. I am back again. Oh, did not miss me?

Male evening grosbeak with a redpoll landing in behind him.

Sorry, I went out to feed the birds and decided to take my camera along. Wow, there were so many birds out there so I stopped to get some pictures and stayed out longer than I anticipated. There are actually close to 200 redpolls, more than 50 evening grosbeaks, plus one female pine grosbeak, 3 starlings (unfortunately I was unable to get pictures of them), 2 crows, 4 blue jays, about 20 chickadees, 4 nuthatches and one pine siskin (at least), likely come in recently from the south as well.

And all that chirping and singing out there was just amazing! Well, thank you so much for stopping by today. Have a wonderful day and God bless!

Steve and Muffin. (Praying for the people of Ukraine)

Β©2022 Steve McLeod.

21 Comments on “Tuesday’s Chatter. #12

  1. Have you shifted to more north πŸ€”πŸ€¨ why is the snow still that deep 😲. Don’t let muffin drain inside πŸ˜‰ looking forward to see the pine siskin 😁 have u showed that before? crows nuthatches and chickadees – we have seen them. You have got huge variety of visitors to talk πŸ™Œ had fun talking ? What Muffin says? still entertaining her? πŸ˜‰ Take care and enjoy the Sun while you can ❀️ Have a lovely day Steve & Muffin 😘

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    • Hi Simon! Well, it was cloudy all day and a temp of only 1C, not warm enough to melt that new snow we had,😟 oh well. I think I showed the pine siskin before, but about 2 years ago I think.πŸ€” I had fun talking to the birds today. Muffin and I have our playtime each day and she really runs crazy around here too!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜Ή She missed her sun today though. Have a great day Simon!😁😻🌞


      • All day cloudy πŸ€” we should get close to sun a bit πŸ˜‰that could solve the problem πŸ˜²πŸ˜‡. Pine siskin I almost forgot, maybe because we have seen it long before πŸ˜… poor memory. Muffin is excited with upcoming hot days πŸ™ŒπŸ˜, don’t worry muffin, we will have another sunny day for sure… Have a sweet night you both ❀️


  2. It’s going to warm up this week in Alberta. It snowed on Sunday but the snow had melted and today it’s sunny and nice outside. It’s supposed to be in the high teens tomorrow πŸ™‚ I’m sure that Muffin enjoys the sunny spots in the house. Cats really know how to live! πŸˆβ€β¬›

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    • Wow, high teens! That’s what we need, but our warmest temp showing up over the next week is 6, otherwise it is 2 or 3, not warm enough to really melt our snow much. Yes, Muffin loves her sun,😺🌞 she missed it today though as it was cloudy all day. Yep, they know how to do it!πŸ˜πŸ˜ΊπŸˆβ€β¬›

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  3. So awesome beauty of birds photos, now snow less and birds coming so manyπŸŒ·πŸ™πŸ‘ŒπŸ˜
    Birds and Muffin’s stories so love to read πŸŒ·β€οΈπŸ™πŸŒ· lovely wishes to you and Muffin πŸ‘

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    • Thank you so very much Thattamma! You always give such wonderful comments. Not so many birds today and it’s cloudy so Muffin is missing her sunshine again. Have a very nice evening!😊😻😺🌞☁️🌧️🌺🌷

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      • Thank you so much for so lovely reply πŸŒ·πŸ™β™₯️🌷Climate
        always changing only , here also !! So we also want to accept 😊
        Good morning to you and Cute Muffin ,happy Wednesday πŸ‘βœŒπŸΌ

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      • Thank you very much! Yes, best to accept what we get, the weather keeps changing all the time. Sometimes nice days, sometimes not so nice. But the sun is coming out now so it looks very nice outside. Have a good night!πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜»πŸŒ™πŸ˜΄πŸŒž

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      • Yes, true πŸ™πŸŒ·πŸ‘πŸ» so nicely seeing sunrise there and here 12:30 am πŸ˜€
        Now Muffin can enjoy sunshine β˜€οΈ thank you for good night wishes πŸŒ·πŸ™πŸŒ·

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  4. Such gorgeous winter pictures, Steve! And the birds are so precious! Here’s hoping you and muffin stay warm and cozy until you get a spring thaw. And from what you told us about the Canadian geese and variety of different birds visiting you, it shouldn’t be long! Wishing you a very happy Wednesday! 😊

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