Good morning on this beautiful sunny day! The birds are busy at the feeders again this morning, but there is a noticeable change from yesterday. The redpolls. Yesterday there were still easily 80 or more of them and this morning there are perhaps a dozen. So the majority seem to have finally headed north. Also the juncos, their numbers have decreased substantially as well as they spread out to nesting territories around the area and further north.
This morning I saw the first chipping sparrow of the season which was so nice. I think they are the smallest sparrow that we have here and can be very friendly as well. Hopefully I can get some pictures of it today. Yesterday I finally got some nice photos of a male red-winged blackbird, I am showing one today. You will likely notice they do not have red wings, they just put that in the name to confuse people.
They do have a red shoulder patch on the wing which is visible when they fly. But it is still not a very large patch of red. And when sitting it usually is not visible. The birds can make it visible while sitting, but normally only if they are alarmed or are trying to attract a mate. Usually, as in 95% of the time, all that is visible is that pale yellow stripe on the wing, perhaps with a bit of red or orange. Oh well. Red-shouldered blackbird would have been more accurate. But that is just me.
So much for my bird rant today. Speaking of chipmunks, I have a new one coming around that is still not brave enough to come over and get a peanut. However, he needs a name. It is a male chipmunk, so, let us do what we did last year which was kind of fun. Everyone can participate in finding a name for our new friend. Just let me know your choice in the comments. I will put all suggestions on pieces of paper, crumple each piece of paper into a little ball, then put all of them into a bowl.
I then let Muffin dig them out of the bowl, the first one she pulls out is the winner and that will be our chipmunks name. So, everyone can participate, but keep the names nice please or they won’t be used. Muffin loves her part and joins in very readily. So far we have Pocket, Skamper, Choco, Coffee and Skitter that have come back from last year. I will give a couple days here and announce the winner on Saturday. The answer to yesterdays question on the number of grosbeaks in the picture is 4! It is already 45F (7C), it is going to be a beautiful day. Thank you for reading, have a wonderful day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin. (Praying for the people of Ukraine)
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