A big hello to all of you out there! It is nice to see you all again today. It is cloudy, still, with a few snowflakes floating down and swirling around a bit. The chickadees are here and 2 blue jays as well. I have not seen any other birds yet though. I am sure the nuthatches have been here, I probably just missed them. They come and go quite frequently throughout the day. But they do not stay long. It is a bit cooler this morning too, though still not too bad considering what it could be this time of the year.
The weather has been quite nice so far this year. And it is supposed to continue for a while yet too. But it is also supposed to stay cloudy as well. This is one of those cloudy winters that we get sometimes. There really has not been many sunny days this winter at all. I will admit, cloudy days seem to take my energy away and hide it in the snow somewhere. A day or two at a time is okay, but 2 weeks or more is when it starts to affect me. Oh well.
I am back again. Nearly forgot it is garbage day, so I had to get mine out to the street for pickup. Normally this time of year I do not need to put garbage out every week since I can keep it outside where it freezes and does not attract animal attention. It is kept in my trash can though just in case. However, I am still busy sorting and tossing things that I no longer want or use. I am downsizing. Hard to believe how much stuff I can fit in this little apartment.
Most of it is packed away in boxes in the storage area. Which is why it takes so long to get this done. But I am determined to stay at it until it is all finished. That will take a while longer. I am still very sore and stiff from my little ordeal on Tuesday. Sigh. I do not notice any improvement at all, to be honest. But I am sure there is improvement. It did make it very difficult to get my garbage out to the street this morning though. I almost feel like going back to bed.
A nap is not a bad thing sometimes. But not quite this early. There are still a few chickadees around, though not as many as normal. I think some are staying away because of that shrike being around so much this winter. The nuthatches are here too. They always come when the chickadees come. Plus, there were 4 blue jays here as well. Still not quite sure what has happened to them, but at least some of them come around.
Baxter and Betty, my two top blue jays, come every day, and they stay around most of the day too. That walk to the river on Tuesday was so nice. It was quiet back there with just the sound of birds calling to each other. I saw most of them but was never close enough for a good picture. I met Scramble also at his usual location. I called to him and he came running though the trees over to where I was, but he would not come and get the peanut until I moved back a ways.
It is my camera that he is afraid of, but hopefully after a few more times being out there, he will learn to trust me all over again. He did recognize my calling him anyway. None of my pics of the ducks turned out, unfortunately. I tried something new since they were so far away, and it did not work so good. I will show one photo so you can see what I mean. The top featured image is further downstream from where I usually go. Well, thank you for a nice visit today, I hope you will come again. Have a wonderful day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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