Wandering Through Wednesday. #18

Good morning to all of you! It was such a beautiful sunny morning earlier, then the clouds moved in and now it feels quite chilly again. The forecast states that it will be sunny all day, guess the forecasters forgot to tell the clouds that little bit of information. Seems like the forecasters would be able to see all this cloud cover out there before issuing their forecast this morning. But perhaps the clouds hid behind a cloud so they could not be seen.

Female evening grosbeak

I just could not resist that one. Oh well. Because of the sun and all the birds around I decided to go out for some pictures before writing my post this morning. In 10 minutes it was cloudy. It takes about that long for the birds to start coming back to the feeders after I go out. I stayed another 10 minutes but the clouds got heavier and it became quite dull out there, not exactly the best for good photos.

It does work with birds at the feeders, but it still looks nicer with the sun shining. Especially with certain birds, like grackles. They are really a beautifully colored bird when seen in the sun. One was a purple head, one was a blue head and the other was part of both. Then with their shining bronze bodies having that metallic sheen, they are beautiful. Even though they might not be the nicest bird to have around, they can take over a feeder and eat everything in sight.

Male (left) and female evening grosbeak

But really, all birds look more colorful in the sun. Sometimes clouds can be good for certain types of photos, but I still prefer sunshine. It was so nice standing on the deck early this morning and listening to that chorus of birds in the trees, warming themselves in the morning sun. A robin had been singing since before daybreak, such a wonderful spring treat. A white-throated sparrow was also singing, and the fox sparrow.

So far there is only one of each, which is very odd since it is so late for both of them. A south wind is supposed to start up today so maybe that will bring in more birds. I hope so. After Friday we will be back to several days of clouds and rain, plus cooler temps again. But all of May is supposed to be like that, cooler than normal and more rain than normal. That will cut down on my photo opportunities, so I will have to be busy on the nice days.

A bit of arguing at the hanging feeder. How many grosbeaks can you see?

Yesterday was certainly nice and sunny and I managed to get a lot of good photos of birds at the feeders. Plus a few of chipmunks coming onto my lap to get peanuts. If the sun actually comes back out today I am going to check the path to the river and see how far I get. While standing outside this morning I heard a loon calling, oh, that was so beautiful. I just love the call of the loon. Great way to start the day. Well, thank you very much for joining me this morning everyone! Have a great day and God bless!

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

Β©2022 Steve McLeod.

13 Comments on “Wandering Through Wednesday. #18

  1. My answer is three…colourful birds…yes , the robins are making themselves known here as well ! So sweet ! Oh ! What is your recipe for coffee cupcakes ? Relax and enjoy Muffin ! πŸ™‚πŸ˜»β˜€οΈ

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    • I will mention the correct number in tomorrow’s post, not saying if yours is right or wrong just yet! Just use any vanilla cake recipe and add instant coffee (dry) to it. I use 2 tablespoons, but it depends how strong you like it. 2 works great for me. It must be instant coffee, I use decaf so it’s safe to eat before bed!πŸ˜πŸ˜΄β˜•β˜•

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  2. Ha ha ha … Cloud must have been playing hide and seek with the forecasters 🀣🀣 Looks the sun doesn’t want you burn youπŸ€ͺ. Beautiful birds pictures. Looking forward to see your new pictures, I see 3 Grosbeaks πŸ˜‰, did I miss ? Have fun walking when there is sun and stay inside careful and warm when it’s rainy. Have a nice sleep, good night βœ¨πŸ€—

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    • Well, the sun did finally break through and chase those clouds away!🌞😊😻 Oh, oh, you lose, everyone says 3 but there are 4 of those grosbeaks. One is very hard to see with just a tail! Have a good night Simon, oops, I mean a good day!πŸ˜πŸ™„πŸ€” I’m getting mixed up.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜ΉπŸ˜Ή

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      • are you sure? is that a live photoπŸ€” one of them sure hidden when I counted πŸ€ͺπŸ€ͺ. Thanks, it’s mid day now and the sun is ruthlessly hot☹️ and I’m playing with the little ones. Have a Wonderful Saturday βœ¨πŸ˜„

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      • Well, if you look close, there is a tail showing from behind the feeder, that is number 4!πŸ˜ƒπŸ“· Check again, I’m sure you will see it. Oh my, all that beautiful heat! Have fun playing!🌞😎

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      • That was quiet a challenge to find that one πŸ˜‹ but I did finally, found the tail πŸ˜„. It’s a nice game ☺️ see my brain is fragile and these kind of activity can cause damage to it πŸ€£πŸ˜… so next time give us a simple taskπŸ€ͺπŸ€ͺπŸ€ͺ good n8 uncle Steve πŸ€—πŸ€—

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      • Glad you found that tail Simon! Yep, it helps to keep that ol brain working properly when we get a challenge now and then! I should do that more often! Good night Simon, enjoy Monday!πŸ˜πŸ˜»πŸŒ™πŸ˜΄πŸ˜΄β˜”

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