Hello to everyone! Well, it is another chilly morning here with a temperature of 28F (-2C), plus it is cloudy still, but only a light wind. It sure feels cold though. The birds are busy, at least the blue jays, chickadees and nuthatches anyway. The grosbeaks were here earlier but were scared away by the rock doves (also called pigeons).
They are big birds, close to the size of a crow, and their numbers have gone from one bird to 30 of them. And they can eat a lot, very quickly. And they deliberately scare the other birds away by chasing them. Unfortunately, the neighbors are feeding these birds, but when they run out of food there, then they come here. Sigh. The sparrows are all gone now, and only one junco remains.
It seems like the purple finches have gone too, they did not show up yesterday or this morning. I was hoping maybe they would stay the winter. That happens sometimes, though not too often. My white-breasted nuthatches have gone too, which is odd since they stay all winter. Maybe that shrike scared them away, or worse. I have not seen that bird this morning.
But all the blue jays have stayed around this morning. Usually they all show up for breakfast, then leave and come back for lunch, except two, which stay around all day. Oh well. Having all the blue jays does help to keep the shrike away, I have discovered that from previous winters. Ned, the nuthatch, was the first to greet me this morning. He came over and landed on the cup I use for the sunflower seeds, took a seed, beeped, and left.
Then Chester came, then Chipper, then Cherry, all chickadees. Yes, I can tell the difference between them even though they look identical. The clouds are thick again today which makes it very dull and gloomy looking out there. The bare trees help to give it that gloomy look as well. Cloudy days can have their beauty at times, but often it has the opposite look to it.
The kind of day that really can zap a person’s energy, in other words, it takes the energy away, making a person feel kind of blah. Those kinds of days are good for reading or enjoying a hobby of some kind. Something to stay busy, which helps to build energy and keep a person positive. Hmm, a pileated woodpecker is out there, I wonder if I can get a picture. Thank you for stopping by to share a coffee with us. Have a wonderful day everyone and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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