Good morning everyone! Time for a cup of coffee, and to sit back and relax for a few minutes. It was cooler again this morning with a temperature of 7F (-14C). However, that will feel fairly warm when the cold weather hits later this week. Apparently there is a wave of cold air coming to us from Siberia that will take us out of this mild weather we have been enjoying this month, and put us back to more normal winter weather.
That will mean more sunshine and more cold which will stay with us for a couple weeks. Maybe that will bring more birds around to the feeders. Or not. It is mostly cloudy again, but the sun has come out to greet us a couple of times this morning. Monday morning I woke up to another 3 inches of snow. That is not much really, but our first snowfall of the new year, except for some flurries.
Black-capped Chickadee eating a sunflower seed.
The chickadees and nuthatches are here right now. Oh, I see a blue jay out there too, likely looking for some more peanuts. I guess they have finished their breakfast now and are looking for an early lunch. Oops, he just flew away. Guess I was taking too long to put out more peanuts. He will be back again soon. I tried again to get a picture of that female Downy Woodpecker, and without success. Sigh.
I have tried quite a few times now and have not even come close to getting her picture. I think my only hope will be if she comes when I am already outside. But that has happened too and she hides on the opposite side of the suet feeder. Sigh. She is a sneaky one. Hopefully I will get her this winter though. I seem to be rather tired this morning. I have not slept very well for the past 3 nights. That always makes me tired.
Female Common Merganser yawning.
Speaking of tired, I have another picture of a bird yawning. I really enjoy getting such photos. They are something different for a common bird. So it makes the photo more interesting. I have caught several birds in photos while they are yawning. And I have seen so many more that I missed. It is not something that I can really plan for, since I do not know when the bird will yawn. And their yawns do not last very long.
Squirrels and chipmunks yawn quite a bit too, but trying to capture it in a photo is hard. Squirrels seem to yawn more often than chipmunks. Now if the birds would just warn me ahead of time that they are ready to yawn… But I doubt that is going to happen. Oh well. I had a chickadee land on my camera again too. Some birds enjoy doing that.
I hope you do not get tired of seeing our nice frosty trees!
They look over the whole camera, and even come around to look at the monitor. Sometimes they will stare at it for a while, trying to figure out what I am doing I guess. Too bad I cannot get a picture of that. Oh well. I hope you enjoy the pictures today. Have a wonderful day everyone and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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