Good morning and Happy Saturday everyone! It is a bright, sunny morning here at Steve’s Country. It felt a bit chilly this morning at 5:30 but it has warmed up a bit and the south wind is blowing once more. But strangely, even with a strong south wind, which normally brings in warm weather, the temperature is supposed to drop this afternoon. We are in for some cooler weather now for a few days, except for Tuesday. Otherwise the whole week will be a bit chilly with lots of cloud and showers.
Hopefully Monday or Tuesday I will get down to the river again and see if the river level is higher than before. And there should be a lot of bird activity back there now as well. More and more birds are returning from the south, especially the warblers and we have many species of these small but brightly colored birds. Hmm, the clouds are rapidly moving in now so soon the temperature will begin to go down. I was finally able to get some very nice pictures of the male rose-breasted grosbeaks yesterday which I will be showing soon.
I also noticed that there was a female rose-breasted grosbeak out here this morning. So next will be to hopefully get some pics of her too. And I am hoping that a pair will decide to nest close by so that I can watch them all summer. I was surprised this morning too by spotting a beautiful Baltimore oriole in the walnut tree out back. Then he came down to my hummingbird feeder to get himself a drink of the sweet juice available.
I have heard they can be attracted to hummingbird feeders, but this is the first time one has ever come to mine, so that was a wonderful treat. I am showing some more pics today of my last trip to the river, including a couple of areas I have not really shown before. Near the beginning of the path there are a couple of small ponds, which I have mentioned before and walking past them the frogs were “singing” cheerfully, or perhaps just “croaking” a bit.
I was not able to see even one, but there were many of them in the one pond, but none yet in the other pond. There will be soon though and perhaps they are out now. I am still waiting for the peeper frogs to begin their “songs” and that should be soon. They can get quite loud and are usually found in both of those ponds. Quite often the ponds dry up during the summer, one of them especially, but sometimes they maintain a good water level all through the summer.
A nice little pond full of frogs, that is solitude. And sitting beside the river, with fast flowing water, or gentle and calm, that is also solitude. I had a chance to see and talk with Scramble, my river path squirrel. Seeing him in his pine shaded home, that is also solitude. And sitting outside on my deck with all the sights and sounds of the different birds, squirrels and chipmunks, that too is solitude and a wonderful time. Providing the bear does not show up. I hope you all enjoy a beautiful weekend and God bless!
Steve and Muffin. (Praying for the people of Ukraine)
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