Good morning to everyone! It is a cool and wet morning here. It rained overnight and got everything nice and wet, so it is a very damp cold today, the kind that just penetrates right through a person. Right now the temp is 34F (1C), but it is supposed to get colder throughout the day. Tomorrow our first real snowstorm of the winter is supposed to hit us, with colder weather to follow. Oh well, we cannot complain, winter is a bit later than usual this year.
I wonder what kind of winter it will be. Just have to wait and see about that one. I hope there will be no more rain today, I have some things to do outside, and this will be my last chance before the snow and cold arrive. Always something that needs to be done at the last minute. I should have done this earlier, but things happen. So, hopefully I can get it all done today.
The most important is getting that second pole up for the other feeders and suet feeders, which I will need to put out for the birds tomorrow. Maybe even today once the temperature drops below freezing. It is one of those very dull, gloomy looking days. But the birds really brighten things up. I just put out more seeds, the pigeons were just here and cleaned up everything before I was able to scare them away. And the evening grosbeaks just showed up, a little later than usual, by about 2 hours.
The chickadees and nuthatches have been busy all morning. The chickadees were here so early that it was hard to see them, it was still quite dark. And they stay until it is nearly dark. Jasper was here yesterday for a snack of sunflower seeds. Guess he needed some extra energy for chasing Chase. They are still at it, chasing each other through the trees. But they do not keep it up all day now, perhaps they are getting tired of the chasing and fighting.
Jasper and I had a little talk. “How have you been Jasper?” Loud chip. “Oh, Chase is giving you are hard time. Well, it keeps you in good shape.” Louder chip. “Oh, yes, you can keep in shape without all that chasing. Um, how is Jasmine?” Chip. “She kicked you out of the house?” Chip. “Oh, you managed to find a nice place, that is good.” Chip. “Oh, it is farther away, that is not so good. I guess that is why you do not come around much anymore.”
Chip. “Yes, I miss you too, but come anytime, there is always food around. Here, take a peanut.” Chip. “You are welcome.” Off he goes. Not long after, he and Chase were chasing again! It is fun watching them. The grosbeaks are eating peacefully out there, the little birds are busy going back and forth. It is a beautiful day. Have a wonderful day everyone and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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