Musings For Monday. #17

Good morning on this very chilly Monday! We are very much below our normal temperature for this time of the year. It is 18F (-8C) this morning, but feels much colder due to the strong north wind. It is also cloudy with some light snow, and because of all the rain we had on the weekend, everything is covered with a layer of ice right now. It is treacherous just walking out on the deck this morning. Fortunately I was expecting it this time so no mishaps happened which is nice.

Male purple finches on a rainy day.

But, warmer weather is coming by the end of the week. Hopefully. Though it is rather hard to trust weather forecasts at times. The snow has now hardened into solid ice once again and it will take a lot to get it melting. We will have snow on the ground into May this year. Skamper and Coffee, two more of my chipmunks woke up over the weekend and came for peanuts. But because of the rain I wasn’t able to spend time outside with them, except briefly yesterday.

Nice to see that the chipmunks are starting to wake up and come around again. I did not see Pocket though, and he was out earlier until our last snowstorm hit. Hopefully he will come back out again soon too. I hope all the others survived too. I know they would not have starved over the winter anyway. Not with all the peanuts they got from me last year! I am glad the bears are not coming around yet anyway, that would be a problem since I cannot stop feeding the birds just yet until warmer weather returns and stays with us.

My handsome fox sparrow, also on a rainy day.

Hopefully bears will not be such a problem during the day like they were last year. I don’t care if they come around at night, but during the day is just no fun at all. I like to spend time out on my deck if the weather is nice. And go walking, once the snow and ice is gone from the path to the river. It might have to dry a bit too. With all the melting snow, and now this latest 2 inches (50mm) of rain, there is one area of that path that will be under water too deep to walk through without getting rather wet.

Sir Henry, on that same rainy day, which was Saturday.

Oh well. Minor details. Still lots of redpolls around, somewhere about 100 or more, same with the juncos. There are more evening grosbeaks now too, around 40 of them, and a dozen grackles. Still just my one fox sparrow. Plus chickadees, nuthatches, hairy and downy woodpeckers. And of course my gulls. Jasper and Jasmine come around regularly, so does Chase when he gets the chance. That Cooper’s hawk still comes too, several times a day. Well, time for me to head out for some shopping. Thank you for reading today, hope you have a marvelous Monday and God bless!

Steve and Muffin.

Ā©2022 Steve McLeod.

8 Comments on “Musings For Monday. #17

  1. May the winter end and the summer burst forth, in your area, Steve! No more Arctic weather patterns but warmer weather without the snow and ice.

    Here in the Far North in the Sub-Arctic not far from the Arctic Circle, the weather has warmed up quickly. It was in the 50’s F yesterday and the huge piles of snow are melting quickly. Since the ground is frozen, there is flooding. The daylight is getting longer with about 17 hours of daylight, not counting the twilight. It still gets in the 20’s at night.

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    • I’m sure looking forward to a change in this weather pattern. Yesterday it was 36 and today’s high was 21, the daytime high! Dropping down to 10 tonight and supposed to climb up to 32 tomorrow, we’ll see. It’s been snowing all day, covering the ice and making it more dangerous walking around out there. Good weather to stay inside and drink coffee though, and watch my poor birds, except my windows are frosted up again so I can’t see much. That Cooper’s hawk is keeping himself fat with my birds too. We will have snow well into May this year it is frozen so hard again. Last year at this time our garden centers were open and I bought my first plants!šŸŒ·šŸ˜
      Thanks so much for stopping by, have a great evening!šŸ˜ŠšŸ˜»ā„ļøā„ļø

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    • The forecasters are now saying our spring will be very short and we will enter summer quickly the last half of May. I hope they are right! It has been snowing all day, with a high of 21! Thanks for stopping by Richard, have a great evening!šŸ˜ŠšŸ˜ŗā„ļøā„ļø

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  2. Great pics Steve ! It is cold today…the lake in the back yard is a skating rink today ! Sleep well ! šŸ™‚šŸ˜»šŸ˜“

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    • Yes, very cold today! Last year at this time our garden centers were open and I was buying flowers! Have a good night as well!šŸ˜ŠšŸ˜»ā„ļøā„ļøšŸ¤”šŸŒ·

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