Hello to everyone on this cool and very windy Thursday! The temperature this morning was 19F (-7C) and has not changed at all. With the wind it feels like -2F (-19C). And a big snowstorm is heading our way today. It could start snowing any time actually and we should end up with 6 to 10 inches of snow by tomorrow morning. Then it is going to get cold after that.
I was hoping to do some outside work this morning before the snow came, but it is just a little too cool for that. At least for me anyway. The birds are busy filling up before the storm hits, so the seeds are disappearing quickly today. That always happens before a storm comes. There were still 2 juncos out here this morning, I hope they decided to leave ahead of the storm and take advantage of that strong north wind. I did not see them the last time I was out there.
I also saw a lone little American goldfinch, dressed in its winter coat. They are dull colored in the winter, so it is hard to tell the difference between the males and females. They do not normally stay the winter here, though 2 winters ago there were over 100 of them around here. They are about the same size as the chickadees. The ones I had 2 winters ago were the first I had ever seen here in the winter, and to have so many was quite amazing. And fun.
Always nice to have new friends around for the winter months. I put 2 suet cakes out for the birds this morning and the nuthatches were at them first. I thought they would be. Those nuthatches love those suet cakes. The woodpeckers and chickadees love them too. Once the woodpeckers find them, they will be here every day, several times a day.
There are 20 evening grosbeaks out there right now, mostly males, and they are all eating quite peacefully together. That is somewhat odd for them, they seem to enjoy fighting with each other over the food, especially when they start running out of seeds. Several of the grosbeaks have learned they can chase the blue jays away. The jays always look rather shocked that the grosbeaks will stand up to them, considering the blue jays are almost twice their size.
I will have to try and watch for the garbage truck today. Otherwise, my trash can will blow away in this wind once it is empty. It has done that a couple of times. I think I will change how I do that from now on. I cannot see the front street from my apartment, so I have to try and listen for the truck. Sigh. The top featured image shows storm clouds moving in. Well, I hope you all have a wonderful day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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