Spring Solitude. #7

Good morning and Happy Saturday to everyone! It is a rather cool morning, but we did not get the frost that had been forecast for us. I imagine they did get frost outside of town though. This big lake gives us our own microclimate here in town, at least when it is ice free. So it stays just a bit milder than outside of town. So it was 34F (1C) this morning, not exactly warm but better than having frost. It is not going to warm up much today either, with cloudy skies and a chance of showers.

The birds are busy outside again. Yesterday my oriole showed up, I thought he had left for good since I had not seen or heard him since last Saturday. He was out there huddled down obviously not enjoying the cold, rainy day. So I put out half an orange for him and he was back down within 2 minutes feasting on that orange. They love fruit of many kinds, but seem to like citrus fruits best.

My Baltimore Oriole on a nicer day.

Unfortunately I cannot eat citrus fruit so do not normally have it on hand. I think he still has enough left for today, but I will put out some blueberries and strawberries for him later too. Fruit and insects make up the main part of their summer diet, but there are not many insects around right now. We even had some snow flurries yesterday but the snow melted right away when it landed on the ground. There are still a lot of birds around though most have moved on to their breeding areas.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak yawning.

There are 18 evening grosbeaks still here so I guess they will nest somewhere close by. I do not see my gulls much right now, they would be busy with their nesting. It is cool for sitting on the deck these days, but I still go out there for a short time each day. I just wear my winter jacket. Terrible to be doing that so late in May, but it is the only way to stay warm out there when I am just sitting still. The bear still comes around at different times during the day.

That makes it a little hard for sitting outside, but, summer is short, a person cannot just stay indoors. That would make it impossible to get photos of the birds. Speaking of photos, I really enjoy being able to catch a bird yawning. They do yawn, which a lot of people do not realize. I caught the rose-breasted grosbeak and a chipping sparrow yawning this past week. Their yawns are short, so sometimes I just stay focused on a bird for a while to see if it will yawn, then quickly click!

Chipping Sparrow yawning.

It is nice to just sit on the deck with a cup of coffee, even in the cold, and listen to all the birds chirping and singing. It is really very beautiful and relaxing. If you have a place to sit outside, then this kind of solitude can be enjoyed anywhere. I do have a bear alarm set up outside, just very simple, but it will slow him down just enough to give me time to get inside.

Evening Grosbeak.

And I do not need to keep looking over my shoulder to see if he is coming. So I can relax a bit more. But I have a spot to sit and relax with my coffee where I can also see a bear coming. That helps too. I hope you enjoy todays selections of pics as we sit on the deck with a cup of coffee. And hoping that it will actually warm up one of these days. The top featured image are raspberry leaves just starting to show. Have a great Saturday everyone and God bless!

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

Β©2022 Steve McLeod.

10 Comments on “Spring Solitude. #7

  1. Baltimore is simply amazing and the grosbeak neck wow is simply awesome,😍😍 especially the yawning click πŸ˜‰πŸ‘ it’s beautiful, you have lots of patience to wait for the right spot. Another one yawning πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ‘ simply amazing πŸ₯³πŸ’ don’t stay out for too long😯😯😯 isn’t it cold outside πŸ˜‰ stay warm and enjoy what’s left for the summer ☺️Have a sweet evening coffee β˜•

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    • Well, it pays off waiting for those shots sometimes.πŸ˜πŸ“· I enjoy getting the unusual pics! Yep, its cold out there again today and snowing too!πŸ₯Ά It is just too late in May for it to snow, yet there it is. Fortunately it is just warm enough that the snow melts as it lands on the ground.😁 No coffee for me in the evening or I will spend too much time in the bathroom at night!β˜•πŸŒ™πŸ˜¬ Enjoy your Sunday Simon!πŸ˜πŸŒžπŸ˜»πŸŒ™β˜•

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  2. Such lovely pics Steve ! Too cold to sit outside ! The water is receeding slowly in our back yard…trusting you are safe from any bear attack ! Sleep well ! πŸ™‚πŸ˜»πŸ»πŸ˜΄

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    • Thank you Sharon! Not so bad sitting outside, just have to dress like it’s still winter! Didn’t see any bears today which was nice. Have a good night!πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜»πŸŒ™πŸ˜΄πŸ˜΄

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  3. Those are very beautiful birds that you show, they don’t come to me, so it’s nice to see them. Thank you for showing me
    Greeting Werner

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  4. Such beautiful photos of the birds and I didn’t know they yawned! We have a new bird building a nest in another one of our hanging plants. It’s very tiny and doesn’t have a tail. Our balcony is becoming quite a busy place and thankfully no bears! lol 😽🐻🐦 🐀 🐣 πŸ₯β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈ

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    • Thank you Eugenia! Yes, it is quite interesting to watch a bird yawn! Hey, that’s nice, another visitor for you. I would guess it is a species of wren that has chosen your plant. That would be like them to build a nest there. No bears? Would you like some, we have extras.πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜»πŸŒžπŸ»β˜•β˜•πŸ“·

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      • You know, we thought it might be a species of wren. They won’t stay still long enough for us to see them. I don’t bears would last very long in our area because it’s too populated. πŸ»πŸ†˜ ❌

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