Tuesday’s Chatter. #14

Good morning to all! It is a nice morning, though it feels a bit chilly with that strong southeast wind blowing out there. Oddly, even with a southerly wind, the temperature is not going to get very warm today, and even colder tomorrow with the temp staying around 32F (0C). And we might even get more snow tomorrow. Though I certainly hope that forecast is wrong. Oh well. It finally happened! Yesterday at nearly 4pm I heard a familiar call outside and there he was, Sir George! And Lady Pearl was sitting up on the hydro pole.

So I took some food out to them and they both came down to the feeder right away and were not the least nervous about having me stand out there talking to them. It was like they had never gone. I am showing a photo of Sir George. They are herring gulls, a very large gull and the largest we have in this area. Herring gulls generally come back first, followed by the ring-billed gulls, a much smaller though almost identical twin. Those are the only two gulls we have here.

Sir George, the herring gull on the feeder.

I know, most people do not get very excited about gulls, but I like them. They are the first real sign that winter has past and summer is now not far away. Such a nice thought. So anyway, I like them. They look beautiful with their pure white soaring against the deep blue of the sky. Europe has these gulls too, perhaps other areas of the world too. But the European herring gull is a bit different. They look the same, but they are a bit smaller and their call is more shrill, higher pitch than our herring gulls. Kind of interesting to see the differences like that.

Not much bird activity again. There are quite a few redpolls again this morning, around 50 of them, about double what there was around here yesterday. And a few chickadees, 2 red-breasted nuthatches, 2 white-breasted nuthatches, 2 blue jays and now my 2 herring gulls who have already been here for their breakfast and have now gone out flying around again. My other gulls have not shown up yet though. The evening grosbeaks have not been here this morning and only 6 showed up briefly yesterday.

A female common redpoll.

It has gotten cloudy. Something has scared the birds again, some flew away, others are just sitting motionless. I cannot see anything out there, but a hawk must be around somewhere. Jasper and Jasmine were here earlier this morning spending their time looking for sunflower seeds that may have dropped from the feeders. They always seem to find some. Well, thank you for joining us today, have a wonderful Tuesday and God bless!

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

Β©2022 Steve McLeod.

17 Comments on “Tuesday’s Chatter. #14

  1. Very awesome post πŸŒ·πŸ™ birds are so lovely and nicely enjoying their life !!
    Now winter season slowly disappointing and happiness of spring season
    Starting πŸ‘ŒπŸŒ· here today evening also rain, morning sky gloomy πŸ‘πŸ™
    Good morning wishes to you and Muffin πŸ™πŸˆπŸŒ·

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  2. When do they start building their nest ? They are a striking looking! Have a great evening and night ! πŸ™‚πŸ˜»πŸ˜΄

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    • It depends on the spring, it’s a late year so nesting will be late. The lakes need to be ice free first and daily temps warm before they nest. Likely later in May this year. Have a good night!πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜»πŸŒ™πŸ˜΄πŸ˜΄

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  3. Sir George is back ❀️ I recently happened to see a video, a sea gull pulled out a live rabbit and just ate it 😱🀯 it was like horror movie 🀣. Nature has its beauty but the dark side is scarier ☺️Jasper and Jasmine also have company… wow it was a nice day… have a sweet warm week Steve ❀️πŸ₯°πŸ€—

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    • Yes indeed Simon, with the beauty of nature comes the ugly side as well.πŸ˜ŸπŸ™€ Normally gulls will not eat something like that, but if food is scarce they will go after whatever they can catch. Back to cold and snowing today. Have a great week Simon!πŸ˜πŸ˜»β„οΈβ„οΈβ„οΈβ„οΈπŸ™„

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      • Oh gad, it’s cold again πŸ™„πŸ€” why… gad why..πŸ™„πŸ™„. Here on the other side we are warm, no cold, and people are busy global warming by turning on their AC πŸ€ͺ and even though I tried to stop, my family wants to participate on heating planet earth too πŸ˜„ I let them join global warming team πŸ™„ these people and their Air conditioners ☹️.. Have great week you too Uncle Steve β€οΈπŸ˜‰

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      • I hate AC! Give me a big axe and I will stop all those AC machines!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜ΉπŸͺ“ OK, maybe not that extreme,πŸ™„ maybe just ban them completely!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜ΉπŸ˜‚ Snowing all day today, but I think it stopped now. But there is a strong north wind making things cold. One of these days it will warm up again.πŸ™„πŸ™„πŸ˜Ÿ

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      • That’s too hard, all are on roof top πŸ™„ not everyone let their door open for us to smash down their AC 🀣. Ban? that won’t work either, these people talk too much on earth day, worry so much about global warming and yet do all the crap 🀣, they’ll never change. One of the warm days? oh come on! it’s spring it supposed to be warmer ☺️ Good Night Uncle Steve πŸ€—

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      • Yep, that is the way it is alright. Lots of talk about saving the earth, but no action. It’s still winter over here❄️❄️ and will be for a couple weeks yet anyway.πŸ™„πŸ˜Ÿ It is terrible today! Good night Simon, sleep well!πŸ˜πŸ˜»πŸ˜΄πŸ˜΄β„οΈβ„οΈ

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      • It will get warmer eventually,πŸ™„πŸŒž just not too soon. That’s okay. Good morning Simon!πŸ˜πŸ˜»β˜•β˜•

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