Wandering Through Wednesday. #12

Good morning to everyone on this fine day! It is actually quite nice with a temp of 32F (0C) which means the snow is still soft and melting a bit. That will change. It is going to get cold this weekend which will freeze our snow solid. At this rate it will be the end of April before the snow is gone. And those cold temps could make it very icy walking down to the river. Oh well. Theodora was here this morning so I got a new picture of her sitting on my bird feeder. I still think it is fantastic having such a big bird on my feeder, looks funny to see it.

So I had a talk with her and asked how the winter went. Gerbil, gerbil. “Yes, there was a lot of snow and cold this year.” Thwip, thwip. “Yes, it would be hard to keep those long legs warm.” Thwip? “No, I’m not saying your legs are too long, they are very nice.” Gerbil, gerbil. “Oh, you like being able to get out and walk around more, I can understand that. By the way, there is a hawk around now, so be careful.” Thwip, thwip. “Yes, it might go after you, it is a big hawk and it might be hungry after migrating back from the south.”

Theodora, the wild turkey.

Gerbil, gerbil. “Yes, you are big too, but don’t try to fight that hawk.” Thwip, thwip. “You are welcome, come back anytime.” And off she flies. Yesterday afternoon all the birds suddenly disappeared, except the chickadees and nuthatches, they remained motionless in the bushes. So I started looking for a hawk. I knew it could not be the shrike now, it would have gone north already. I finally spotted the hawk near the top of a tall black ash. It was a red-tailed hawk.

It flew right after I spotted it so no time to get a picture. Hmm, too bad. Only the chickadees and nuthatches are here right now, not sure where all the other birds went. When I put seeds on the main feeder this morning, which was quite early but getting daylight, a female pine grosbeak came down to the feeder before I left, so I talked to her for a bit. She certainly is not afraid. She comes early and stays longer than the evening grosbeaks so she can get some food.

Pine siskin at one of the hanging feeders. Much like a redpoll, but no red, it does have yellow in it’s feathers though.

Evening grosbeaks are more aggressive than the pine so they keep chasing her off the feeder. But she has learned, and this way she gets to eat in peace. All the other pine grosbeaks have gone north already. Not a bird out there now, just when I was going to try for some pictures. Oh well, maybe I will try for some more coffee instead. Thank you for stopping by, have a great day and God bless!

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

Β©2022 Steve McLeod.

23 Comments on “Wandering Through Wednesday. #12

  1. So awesome post πŸŒ·πŸ™β™₯️😊 so fascinating wild Turkey and your conversations so lovely 😊
    Hawks here also come and make sound , it sitting tall trees , so couldn’t take photos !!
    Home turkeys some more big , the other bird’s photo also awesome πŸ‘ lovely wishes πŸ™

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    • Thank you very much! Yes, it is hard to get pictures of hawks, they usually are too high in trees. My turkey friend has been here now for 2 years and she has become quite friendly and trusts me. Have a good night!πŸ˜ŠπŸŒžπŸ˜»πŸŒ™β˜οΈπŸŒ·

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  2. Theodora must be very hungry ! Is this the first time on the feeder ? You would think that she would break the feeder…excellent pics ! πŸ™‚πŸ˜»β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈβ˜•οΈβ˜•οΈπŸ¦ƒπŸ€”

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    • The feeder is strong, so no problems there. No, she has been on the feeder many times. Last year she was around a lot and I got many pics of her on the feeder. I showed a couple pics of her last year. She is a big bird and needs to eat a lot and can clean off the feeder very quickly! Thanks so much! Have a great day!πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜»β˜•β˜•πŸ¦ƒ

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  3. That was a nice conversation with Theodore πŸ˜…πŸ™Œ. Pine siskin looks beautiful more like the common redpoll ❀️ maybe you should try taking your camera silently, or someone in the bush is giving a signal to the birds πŸ˜…πŸ˜…. Theodore gave a nice pose to us πŸ™Œ Hawks are hard to capture I once witnessed them flying by the glass of our building on 13th floor it looked magnificent… This time the cold stays back longer than usual πŸ€” I feel so.. do u? Have a lovely day uncle Steve ❀️and MuffinπŸ₯°

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    • First time this year getting to talk with Theodora, she was nice and friendly as usual. Birds can see my camera a mile away!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜ΉπŸ“·Yes, hawks stay too high for me to get a good picture of them. The only one I have so far is the broad winged hawk. Maybe this year?πŸ€”πŸ˜Yes, the cold weather is staying longer than normal this year, but really, on average our spring has gotten later and later over the past 20 years. The snow normally would be gone by the end of March, now mostly the end of April. Oh well, spring will get here. Thanks Simon and Good morning too!πŸ˜πŸŒžβ˜•β˜•πŸ¦ƒ

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      • Good Morning Uncle Steve ❀️πŸ₯° And a Good evening to you and Muffin, or is it a midnightπŸ˜²πŸ€”πŸ˜‹. Must be those birds are shy with camera and that’s why they fly a mile away πŸ˜…πŸ˜…… Hope you had fun πŸ˜‰ Sweet night ✨

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      • Good morning Simon!😁🌞😻 Well, it’s almost noon now and cloudy, though it is supposed to be sunny all day! I had a good night and great morning, enjoy your evening Simon!πŸ˜πŸŒ™πŸ˜΄

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