Tuesday’s Chatter. #18

Good morning to everyone! It is another cool, cloudy morning here. Yesterday was very cool and cloudy, plus it snowed for about 3 hours in the early morning, snowing quite heavily actually. Fortunately it was just warm enough that it melted as it hit the ground. It seemed rather odd to look out on May 2nd, seeing all this snow still on the ground and watching it snow. The feeders were certainly busy however, just as they are this morning.

White-throated sparrow on a rock

That is another odd thing, there are dozens of redpolls out here still, close to 80 of them. They should be gone back north a long time ago. These birds go a long way north, past the tree line and on to open tundra for nesting. If they do not hurry they will have a very short breeding season. I thought it was so strange a few years ago to see just one redpoll still here on the third of May, and this year there are dozens. Only 5 of my chipmunks have returned so far, Pocket, Skamper, Coffee, Skitter and Choco.

A nicely marked white-throated sparrow

There were 9 last fall, I hope the other 4 are okay. Pocket, Skamper, and Coffee will come up on my lap right away to get peanuts. Skitter will take them from my hand but will not come on my lap yet, but he never did last year either. He is a very nervous little chipmunk. Choco will not take peanuts from me yet, but does come closer all the time. Maybe this week with warmer weather arriving I can spend more time out on the deck with the chipmunks and that will help them get used to me.

Another white-throated sparrow in a different color variation. It was once thought these were females, but males and females can be found in both color variations.

It is supposed to be sunny today and I can see some blue sky starting to show up. It is just happening a bit slower than the forecast which said the clouds would leave overnight. Hopefully I can start getting some photos of our birds this week while they are still here. It is hard getting pics of them without having snow in the pic too. But this is May, I do not want photos of the birds with snow, just does not fit. After “enjoying” snow for more than 6 months now, I am ready for our snow free season.

There are still not many birds returning from the south yet, but I expect that will change this week. I bring the hanging feeders in at night now because bears are up and I do not want them to find any food. I do leave my funny looking homemade feeder out, but it is out of reach for the bears. I also thought it would be out of reach of the raccoons as well. I was wrong. Raccoons were around last night and managed to get the feeder unhooked and dropped it to the ground where it was then emptied of its seeds. Sigh.

This one is looking at me taking his picture.

However, it was not broken, so I filled it again and hung it up. I will just have to bring that one inside at night too. I never saw them get at the feeder, somehow I slept through that, I was very tired last night. That raccoon must have been quite acrobatic to get that feeder as it hangs underneath my platform feeder. Oh well, now I know. There are a lot of evening grosbeaks out there today, right now sitting in the trees chirping loudly.

Another one looking at me.

I guess they must have finished the seeds so it is time to go out and feed them again. Another cup of coffee would be good too, anyone else want some coffee? Thank you for joining me today, I truly appreciate each and every one of you who stop by each day. Today I am showing some photos of white-throated sparrows from 2018 from this time of year, but no snow around. Have a wonderful day everyone and God bless!

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

Β©2022 Steve McLeod.

7 Comments on “Tuesday’s Chatter. #18

  1. Such unique colouring on this sparrow ! Thanks for the coffee ! Much needed today ! Have an eventful day ! πŸ™‚πŸ˜»β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈβ˜•οΈβ˜•οΈ

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    • They are a beautiful sparrow and one of our largest. Thanks for stopping by to read! Have a great day too!πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜»πŸŒžπŸ˜Žβ˜•β˜•


  2. Good Day. Steve! All it takes is a few days of warmer weather for the snow to melt! Here in the Far North, we expect long winters but this one has been long. Snow has been on the ground since September and there is still much on the ground but it is disappearing quickly. Piles of snow more than 12 feet from snow plowing is now about 5 feet. Some rivers are ice free and we are waiting for the other ones to have the ice breakup, hopefully without much flooding and destruction.In less than 2 weeks the leaves will pop out whether there is snow on the ground or not. Have a great day and enjoy taking photos of the birds, snow on the ground or not!

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    • Hi! Yes, I figure all the snow will be gone by the end of the week. There are a couple areas along my path that don’t get any sun so there is usually ice along there for another week after the snow melts, but I can walk around those areas easily. The ice on our river, further downstream never causes problems, it just melts and disappears. And up this way it never freezes so we don’t have problems, and the dam helps prevent any flooding. I think by tomorrow I will be able to get pics without having to worry about the snow, there will be big enough areas snow free. Have a wonderful day!πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ΊπŸŒžβ˜•β˜•

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