Tuesday’s Chatter. #19

Good morning on this very wet Tuesday! We did get quite a bit of rain yesterday and overnight, about 1 and a half inches (37mm). Of course since the ground is still quite frozen in most areas all that rain just mainly ran off the land into the lake and river. That will raise the water level quite a bit in the river for a while. It will also make it harder to cross that one wet area along the path to the river. I might not be able to get across that area at all.

A beautiful white-crowned sparrow from Saturday.

Originally today was supposed to be mainly sunny, but now it won’t be clearing until later today. So I will not try for a walk to the river, I would prefer a sunny day for that, and tomorrow is supposed to be sunny, the only day this week. The feeders have been very busy again the last couple of days, including this morning, though something just scared them all away. It is amazing to see so many evening grosbeaks around still, usually they are gone by now except for around a dozen that stay all summer.

There are some purple finches too, plus grackles, red-winged blackbirds and numerous different sparrows. Nearly all the juncos are gone now except 2, all the redpolls have gone finally and oddly the pine siskins are also gone. They usually stay around all summer. Sir George, Lady Pearl, Sir Henry and Lady Patricia were all here earlier for their breakfast. I am surprised they are not nesting yet. There are several Harris’ sparrows out here this morning so I hope to get some pictures of them if the sun comes out.

A cute, small, chipping sparrow, also from 2 days ago.

They will not be around long this spring since things are so late and they breed further north. I had a mourning dove here for 2 days, there is a pair that usually nest in the area but never too close. However, it seems to have disappeared and because of the rain and dark skies I was unable to get a picture of it. So sad, I have been hoping each year to get a picture of one. And yesterday I was sitting here and looked out the window and saw a male rose-breasted grosbeak in the birch tree.

I have been trying to get a picture of him each year too, but the males usually only are here for one day and then move on, which does not give much chance. But even though it was raining I grabbed my camera and went out slowly. I turned my camera on before going out so I would be ready. I thought. I go out, take aim and…nothing. I did not turn the camera on. I thought. I turned it on again and…nothing. The battery was dead.

And another white-throated sparrow from 2 days ago.

I went back inside quickly, changed the battery and went back out and…nothing. Something scared the birds, not me, and there was none left, not even that rose-breasted grosbeak. Sigh. Maybe today? Oh well. I did laugh about it quite a bit though. Thank you everyone for participating in naming our new chipmunk! Muffin and I had fun with it too and what better way to choose the name? Looks like it will be another indoor day and that means more coffee! Please help yourself to another cup, thank you for reading, have a wonderful day and God bless!

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

ยฉ2022 Steve McLeod.

26 Comments on “Tuesday’s Chatter. #19

  1. wet Tuesday? Muffin ๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿค” did you do it? why did you pee all over the town ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿคช hope the sun shows up as you preferred๐Ÿค— ha ha ha the battery was dead๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ now who scared the birds ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„ Hope some birds show up later today, be ready with the camera ๐Ÿ˜ Have a nice day taking pictures โค๏ธ

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    • Muffin isn’t happy with you!๐Ÿ˜พShe’s dreaming of all the things she can do to you.๐Ÿ˜ผYes, the sun came out and it was a beautiful afternoon, but I still did not get pics of those birds. Sigh. Maybe tomorrow. I hope. Yep, I laughed for a long time over that dead battery!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜นI should have known! But I did get pics of other birds today anyway. And pics of Crunchy, our new chipmunk too!๐Ÿ“ท๐Ÿฟ๏ธ Have a good night and good morning Simon!๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ“ท

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      • oops๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ™„Muffin, I was trying to you know make you laugh, not angry ๐Ÿคฏ. Hope you forgive me ๐Ÿ˜Ž you can punish uncle thinking about me๐Ÿ˜‹. he he he๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ that dead battery story๐Ÿคช I’m looking forward to see the new member crunchy ๐Ÿ˜Have a nice night ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—

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      • I think she forgives you, but I’m not sure if my feet forgive you!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ˜นCrunchy will show up in tomorrows post which is todays post yesterday for you. I think.๐Ÿค” Or is that yesterdays post tomorrow before today?๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ™„ Todays post yesterday before tomorrow? Something like that.๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™„

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      • I’m sorry about the feet, hope you have a bribe to Muffin ๐Ÿคชi think I’m reading in your tomorrow on my today๐Ÿ˜„

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      • Or it could be yesterday that you read today tomorrow?๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ˜น

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      • Now I’m on today which is your today, we are on same page at a different timeline now ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ you know Mars also having winter ๐Ÿคฃ that drained their helicopter battery ๐Ÿ˜…

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      • I thought it would be tomorrow already so that today would be yesterday even though today is really tomorrow though tomorrow isn’t here yet and yesterday is still today even though yesterday is gone already.๐Ÿ˜ตโ€๐Ÿ’ซ๐Ÿ˜ตโ€๐Ÿ’ซ๐Ÿ˜ตโ€๐Ÿ’ซ I wonder if it snows on Mars?๐Ÿค” They can have it!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ˜น

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      • Yes it snores on Mars, I mean๐Ÿ™„ i snores but the snow snows on Mars and it will be a fast fall rage. Is it Friday? Oh my God, I’m on Saturday now how is that even possible ๐Ÿง๐Ÿฅฑ I’m feelin sleepy, good the time runs fast ๐Ÿคจ but๐Ÿ™„ whatever… Good night Uncle Steve .

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      • You’re in bed again?๐Ÿ˜ฎ Every time I talk with you your sleeping.๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ™„ by the way, how do you talk in your sleep so intelligently?๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜ I just mutter and mumble, slumber and grumble.๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ™€๐Ÿฅฑ๐Ÿคฏ With lots of snores in between!!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜น

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      • I was in bed โ˜บ๏ธ now I’m awake, Sunday has began bright and shine ๐Ÿ˜ snore time is over ๐Ÿ˜„ so now I don’t sound that brilliant, do I?๐Ÿ˜œ

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      • The cold has returned here, only 9C today and windy, cloudy. Terrible weather for May!๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿฅถ

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      • I didn’t mention snow, just cold. However, we could end up getting a big snowstorm by the weekend!!๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ

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  2. Although you did not get the photos you wanted today, the ones you featured today are great. Nothing like a rainy day, to make you stay inside. Here in the Far North, we got several inches of snow yesterday and it is snowing today! The trees have buds of the leaves but they will not pop out in this freezing weather. Normally, it is warming up and warmer. There is still piles of snow on the ground. Enjoy your day, Steve!

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    • Thank you so much! I missed those grosbeaks again today, first time they have been here 2 days in a row. Wow, your trees are ahead of ours, but I’m glad we are not getting snow. Our western province of Alberta did get snow yesterday however, odd for them in May. Yep, no buds on trees here yet but there should be some soon. It has been a great day! Have a wonderful evening!๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜บโ˜•โ˜•

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      • You’re welcome! We are gaining 7 minutes of daylight a day and have 18 hours 22 minutes of light with 20 hours and 42 minutes at the end of the month plus twilight so it is not getting dark now. The daylight triggers the leaf buds. They will pop out soon and unfurl very quickly. By the third day they will be mature leaves and will not look like new leaves. Want it to get warmer, as this is colder than normal. May usually is much warmer. It has been 9 months of winter and want the warmer temperatures for summer. Thank you for your well wishes. May your weather get better soon!

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      • That would be something to see, no real night. However, on the opposite end, that would be hard to deal with. The growth cycle there would be much faster than here for sure with all that daylight. I heard yesterday that we could be in for a cooler and wetter than normal summer here. That often happens after a long, cold winter with lots of snow. I pray it will be a nice hot summer though two in a row would be odd.๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒž

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      • Yes, I live in the land of the midnight sun. You have more energy with all the daylight. The growth of plants happen quickly. Though they can’t be outside yet due to the freezing temperatures. The light makes the colors of flowers very intense and we get quick growth. It is a short season so this is good. I love the 24 hours of daylight. Trust you have a warm summer as it does not have to follow the old pattern! ๐Ÿ˜Šโ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒ…๐ŸŒป๐Ÿ˜Ž Sleep well!

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  3. Great pics of the different sparrows ! Beautiful markings ! Rest well ! We got rain too, sometimes quite heavy and steady ! ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ˜ปโ›ˆ๐Ÿ˜ด

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    • Thank you so much! Yep, we had a thunderstorm which gave us most of the rain. Have a good night!๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜ป๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ˜ด๐ŸŒ™

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  4. Oh, no – more rain! Good day to stay inside with Muffin and drink more coffee. I’m sending sunshine your way, and of course, more coffee. ๐Ÿ˜ฝโ˜”๏ธ๐ŸŒžโ˜•๏ธโ˜•๏ธ

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    • Yes, we need some sunshine for sure, lots more rain coming tomorrow with thunderstorms too. It’s somewhat sunny today though but clouds seem to be moving in already.๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™€๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ“ทโ˜”

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