Coffee, Chatting and Critters. #2

Good morning to everyone on this very rainy Tuesday! It is certainly a good day for some nice hot coffee, so just pick up a cup, sit back and relax with us for a few minutes today. The temperature is 57F (14C), heavy clouds and rain, lots of rain. We were supposed to get 2 inches (50mm) of rain overnight and I am sure we did, with another inch or two today.

Female Pine Grosbeak.

It was raining hard last evening when I normally would have gone out to get the bird feeders. I was hoping it would let up a bit so I could quickly go out and get them without getting soaked. It does take a bit since I need to use a long pole to unhook the feeders and bring them to me. So I decided to take a chance and leave them out for the night. Bad choice.

It was obviously the raccoons that unhooked the one and dropped it to the ground, breaking it open to get the seeds. Fortunately there were not many seeds in it, I have learned now to only have a few seeds in those feeders, just in case the bear comes during the day. At least he will not find much food. I am surprised they did not try going for the other feeder, it is a little easier to unhook from its spot. But at least one survived.

Female Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

But that is my homemade feeder, not a problem if it breaks, I can make another easily. Oh well. My fault. And guess what? That indigo bunting is still here! I spotted him sitting in the bush out here early this morning! (insert Steve jumping for joy, perhaps doing cartwheels). Yes, things like this get me excited. I am a strange person. That is probably why I do not have a lot of friends. But I digress.

Today I am showing the females of our 3 grosbeak species that we have around here. It is interesting to see them all together to see the differences between them. The pine grosbeak is the largest of the 3 and has the smallest beak, though there is not a big difference in beak size. That one is only here in winter. The rose-breasted grosbeak is only here in summer and is the same size as the evening grosbeak. The evening grosbeak is here year round, normally, though sometimes they are not plentiful in winter, likely due to poor natural food supply.

Female Evening Grosbeak.

They issued our summer forecast this morning. Near normal temperatures and above normal rainfall. At least there will not be much problem, if any, with forest fires this year. But it does mean a cool, wet summer. I have been saying that for a while. It is typical after a long, cold winter with lots of snow. Oh well, it means really taking advantage of the sunny days we get this summer.

And for our photo of the week: The Indigo Bunting right after he shook himself and had his feathers fluffed out. He looks cute that way.

Male Indigo Bunting.

Thank you for joining us for coffee today, we truly appreciate it! Have a most wonderful day and God bless!

Steve and Muffin.

©2022 Steve McLeod.

31 Comments on “Coffee, Chatting and Critters. #2

  1. I would love to have an Indigo Bunting here ! So beautiful ! Sleep well tonight ! 🙂😻📷😴🌧🌧

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