Good morning to all of you on this sunny Wednesday! It is so nice to see the early morning sunshine again after so many cloudy days recently. Yesterday we hit 34F (1C) for our daytime high. Our normal would be around 50F (10C), so we still have a ways to go. This morning it was 21F (-6C), but it should climb to 43F (6C) by this afternoon. Hopefully then the snow will begin to melt once more. We did lost some of that last 3 inches of snow we got on Monday, but only in very sunny locations. But it is a start.
Today I am showing some pics from other years, ones that do not have snow in them though they are from around this time of year. Right now it is still kind of hard to take pictures without having snow in the background. I was up at 5am, just kind of woke up then and when that happens there is no point in trying to sleep. I am awake. And it is daylight at that time now so it is time to get up anyway.
The sun rises at 6am now, and sets at 8:30pm. We do not get much twilight time in the evening yet, so it is dark before 9pm, but we get that nice longer time in the morning. It is time for me to adjust to my summer schedule for getting up earlier in the morning which right now is 5am, but I am generally in bed by 9:30 to 10pm. Speaking of coffee. I am now anyway. Coffee, the chipmunk, was here very early this morning, just shortly after I put out the peanuts just before 6am.
Maybe I can sit outside and feed the chipmunks today for a while, it should be quite nice on the deck. Most of the blackbirds flew off to other areas yesterday, but some have stayed around. A female cowbird showed up this morning on the feeder. I am surprised she is here before the males. Usually the males are back about a week before the females show up.
There will likely be a lot of birds begin to return from the south now that the weather is getting nicer and so many birds are late coming back anyway. It will still be some time before I can walk to the river. I will try next week, but there was so much snow that I am sure it will be a while before it is all melted and the ice is gone from certain areas of the path.
Plus there is an area that will be very wet this year due to the snow and then the rain that we had. So it might be hard getting across that spot without getting wet. Oh well, I can check it out to see anyway. There are less birds at the feeders this morning, I guess they are starting to spread out a bit. It must be time for another coffee. I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday and God bless!
Steve and Muffin. (Praying for the people of Ukraine)
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