Good morning and Happy Friday everyone! It is a beautiful, sunny morning today. It was cloudy earlier but the clouds moved away allowing the brilliant sunshine to flood our surroundings once more. It is an odd morning though. The last 2 mornings the chipmunks were so busy out here, but this morning only one chipmunk came and he was only here once.
Hard to believe that I could put out food for them and 3 hours later it is still there. I went out with more peanuts and discovered that none were missing yet. Some of the sunflower seeds were missing from one of the piles I put out each morning, but that was all. Baxter was here but he only took one peanut and left again. The chickadees, goldfinches and evening grosbeaks have not been here either.
A very strange morning. I mean, every other morning this week has been busy with birds, chipmunks or both. I have not even seen the hummingbirds this morning. How can everything stay away on the same morning? What has suddenly changed? I have no idea. But it sure is quiet out there. Sir George and Lady Pearl were here for breakfast, they are the only gulls left it seems.
The crows came around too, but I would prefer they did not. They scare the smaller birds away. But that is not the problem for this morning. When I walked to the river last week I met this little family of mallard ducks. I showed them in the “looking at you” post. I am showing them again today. It almost looks like the mother is trying to show off for the camera.
Then when my friend and I went for our day trip to some small lakes 2 weeks ago, at one lake there was a family of white-throated sparrows. I got a bit too close so the parents were chirping loudly, wanting me to leave. I am showing one parent here today as well. The last picture is a cuckoo wasp. They are generally a metallic green, but can also be blue, this one shows green and blue.
They look similar to a type of bee, often called sweat bees, which can also be metallic green, or blue, or brown. Both the wasps and bees are common around here right now. I have had the sweat bees crawling around on my arm and hand, and even sit right on my camera.
The cuckoo wasp has also been on my arm. The are small, about 3/8 inch (9mm) long. But they can sting. I have been stung by the bees anyway. Now I just leave them alone, that way they will not sting me if they are on my arm. I never knew that we have blue bees here, that is quite interesting. Yes, I do have a photo that I will show soon. Well, have a wonderful Friday everyone and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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