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.
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.
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?
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)
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