Thoughts For Thursday. #14

Good morning everyone! It certainly does not look or feel like a spring day out there. But we have to face facts, it is still winter. Spring really begins when the temperature warms up and stays that way, which has nothing to do with the calendar. At least we did not get much snow in this last storm, other areas around us did. Today it is cloudy with a strong north wind which is really tossing those trees around.

It was melting yesterday, then it froze overnight with just a bit of snow. That was good, it kept things from getting too slippery. The gulls were here for breakfast. Still waiting for Sir Henry and Lady Patricia to show up, as well as Rickie and Sir Charles. Hopefully when it warms up again they will arrive too. This is the latest yet for gulls to return. We could count on them returning between March 15 to 18 before. Every year was like that. Now we never know when they will show up.

Red-breasted Nuthatch at the suet feeder.

The little redpolls were here this morning, about 50 of them, plus the chickadees and nuthatches. Probably because the weather was so cold this morning the birds were here earlier than normal so they were already waiting for me when I got out there. And of course I slept in this morning so I was late getting out there. It was hard to believe I didn’t wake up until 6:10am! I rarely sleep past 5:30am and lately I have been getting up before 5am. It had to happen on a cold morning. Oh well.

And here he is again.

The birds were happy to see me anyway. One little nuthatch was flying all around me as I put the suet feeders out and he was on the first one immediately. Some have asked why the nuthatches hang upside down like they do. In their natural habitat there are a number of birds that search for insects behind the bark of trees, such as the nuthatches, chickadees, smaller woodpeckers and many others. All the birds search the trees starting from the bottom and working their way up the tree.

Here is another one, right side up.

Nuthatches, however, work their way down the tree or under branches where other birds do not go. So they find food the other birds miss. That helps the nuthatches and the trees. And nuthatches have their legs a little further back than other birds, except for a few, which gives them the advantage they need for their lifestyle. That is why they are so comfortable being upside down on the suet feeders. It is cold. I think it is time for more coffee, would you like some too? Thank you for stopping by, have a wonderful day everyone and God bless!

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

©2022 Steve McLeod.

17 Comments on “Thoughts For Thursday. #14

  1. They are captured in beautiful angles❤️ Lovely photography, and the rant about cold night, I’m sorry to know it’s still cold, hope the spring shows up soon. stay warm until then, muffin will help you. have a good day☺️🤗

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    • Thank you so much Simon! Today was not such a good day, there is so much ice outside and I had to go and take my trash to the street for pickup today. I was being very careful, but still slipped and fell backward onto my back.😟😮 I hurt my back and neck again. Sigh. If it is still this bad tomorrow I will call my doctor. Sigh. Have a great day Simon!😁🌞☕☕😻

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      • Oh no! This snow ☹️ How is your back now? Call the doctor, don’t wait for the pain to go away on its own if it’s taking long. Check out soon. Take care and Be safe, Wish you a quick recovery from the fall. Take care Uncle Steve ✨

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      • Thank you Simon, I am feeling quite a bit better this morning,😊 still not where it should be,🤕 but its getting better so that is good.🙂 Maybe the sun today will get rid of that ice. Have a good evening Simon!😁🌞😻☕☕

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    • Hi Richard, nice to have you back again! Hope you enjoyed your time in Montana. Yes, spring will be extra late this year, perhaps by May it will happen.😊😸🌞☕☕

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  2. Great pics Steve ! 📷 you fell ? It is VERY icy here as well ! Try to get some sleep tonight ! 🙂😻🤔😴

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