Good morning and Happy Friday everyone! Time for coffee and a look at our morning here at Steve’s Country. It is a beautiful summer morning here. The now full size leaves are thick on all the trees and are literally glowing in the morning sunlight. As the trees reach skyward their bright green is surrounded by the vibrant blue of the sky. That tiny house wren is out there singing away so cheerily.
The neighborhood robin was singing much earlier, around 4am, which sounded so nice indeed. But I do miss the larger chorus of birds that would normally fill our summer morning here. There just is not as many birds around this year for some reason. I think a lot of our birds died when they returned from the south back in April and then it turned so cold and snowy afterwards.
And it lasted too long for birds to survive. But that would only account for some of the loss. Later birds such as warblers and vireos would not have been affected by that since they return later. But there is not that many around this year. However, when my friend and I were out last week visiting some lakes there was a lot of warblers in two of the three locations.
That third location was like around here, very little bird activity. Kind of interesting really. That does not normally happen. I put out the usual handful of sunflower seeds this morning and it was not even 2 minutes and Jasmine was on the feeder eating them. There was lots of nice peanuts out, but she goes for the sunflower seeds instead. Sigh.
Seems the chickadees have given up coming now anyway. I see one red-breasted nuthatch now and then, so he has not given up completely, yet. The grackles have babies now, they are out here breaking up the peanuts into smaller pieces, filling their beaks and heading back to the nest to feed the babies. I guess it is easier than looking for insects. Yesterday turned out quite nice later in the afternoon so I was out looking for pics of insects.
Unfortunately it was quite windy so getting those photos was a challenge since flowers and leaves were constantly moving. But I did get some pics though identifying some of these insects is going to be a challenge. But that is part of the fun. I hope it stays sunny today so I can try for more insect pics and perhaps I will try for a walk to the river. Thank you all so much for joining us today! Have a fabulous Friday and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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