Hello everyone on this wet and chilly autumn day! We did get a fair bit of rain overnight, with flurries. This morning it was snowing quite a bit for a while, but it all melted as the snowflakes hit the ground. Too wet right now for the snow to actually stay. But it is chilly, just 34F (1C) and very windy from the west. Basically, it just feels cold.
But it is a gradual way to get us used to the winter temps that are coming soon. The forecast says we should get some slightly warmer weather beginning next Wednesday. Those poor little birds out there in this wet and cold. But it does not seem to bother them, they just go about their day looking for food. From now until spring, that is what they do, spend the day looking for food. And watching for danger.
A blue jay came onto the feeder this morning scaring all the grosbeaks away. Except one female grosbeak, she just kept eating. I guess the blue jay did not like that, so he chased her. She did not like that idea either, so she flew at him and chased the blue jay away, then continued eating like nothing happened. The blue jay was sitting about 3 feet away with his crest sticking up high, looking quite shocked. But he did not try chasing her again.
Monday was a nice day and GPS was here for a while in the afternoon getting more peanuts. But even though Tuesday was nicer, he did not show up, nor any other chipmunk. I guess that was the last day for my chipmunks. They do not like colder weather, they prefer to stay in their little underground homes where it is warmer. And eat peanuts until spring.
They do have other food too, like sunflower seeds and other seeds that they would have gathered over the summer. It gives them some variety in their diet. Autumn. A beautiful time of the year. At the beginning anyway. Now, most trees are bare. And now starts the end of fall which usually gives us a lot of cloudy weather and colder temperatures. But when the sun does shine it can still be quite beautiful at times.
Still, it is kind of an empty time of year, between seasons. A time when everything seems to be waiting for that blanket of snow to come and wrap around the landscape. Personally, I do not mind waiting a little longer. Just looking outside makes me feel cold. Must be time for some hot chocolate. What do you think? Have a most wonderful day everyone and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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