Tuesday’s Tidbits. #14

Good morning to everyone! It is cloudy here today with a temperature of 14F (-10C) and an east wind. There is a major winter snowstorm heading our way too, which should begin to bring snow this evening. The latest update is for a foot of snow (30cm) for us by tomorrow evening. One good point, however, is that it will be getting warmer after this, beginning on the weekend.

So, this snow should melt quickly, I hope. Still, it is a lot of snow to melt, so it will likely take a few days. Late snowstorms like this can be hard on the birds since they have been weakened by a long winter. Birds that can find a feeder are okay though. The first real sign of spring arrived on Sunday afternoon, our gulls came back. At least some did, a couple dozen were here flying around and squawking.

Nadine, the Red-breasted Nuthatch, looking at me.

Always sounds so nice to hear them back for the first time. When they arrive we know that spring is not far away. Of course they can be wrong sometimes. Like this snowstorm coming along after they come back. Oh well. The main flock of gulls will likely arrive by the weekend, that will mean thousands of them returning. There was also a lone Junco that arrived on Sunday too.

But I did not see it yesterday, however, it still could have been around. Or it may have gone on to somewhere else. Jasper has firmly reestablished this as his territory and he enjoys sitting beside me eating his peanuts. “How was your winter Jasper?” Loud chip. “Oh, that bad, but I agree, it was a long winter.”

This is Bentley, the Black-capped Chickadee, looking at me.

Chip. “Your home was cold this year? Why was that?” Chip. “Oh, Jasmine wanted the bigger home. Well, that makes sense, she needed to get it ready for her babies.” Loud Chip. “Yes, you could have helped, but I think she is better at it than you. And you need to protect the territory from other squirrels.”

Loud Chip. “But all that running around is good exercise, keeps you in shape.” Chip. “Yes, I noticed that Chase has come back again. I think he likes playing with you.” Loud chip. “I admit, running through the snow would not be much fun. Why not just share your peanuts with him, there are plenty.” He stares at me. Chip. “Oh, that would not be fun, you like the thrill of the chase. But you just said…”

This is Benson, the Boreal Chickadee, looking at me also.

Then Chase showed up and the chase was on. I really need to change his name. Chase that is. So, from now on his name will be Mica, which is a very common mineral in our area and comes in different colors. Well, that is all for today, time for another cup of coffee. Have a wonderful day and God bless!

Steve and Muffin.

Β©2023 Steve McLeod.

15 Comments on “Tuesday’s Tidbits. #14

  1. You are getting much snow and colder temperatures. Here in the Far North, we have a temperature of 24 F and it will snow an Ince or so. Of course there is much snow on the ground because the ground is frozen. Our days of daylight are lengthening and it gets warmer during the day. Jasper and your birds seem to enjoy their time staying close to you. Have a great day!

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  2. Yes , we are suppose to get that snow or it , hopefully will pass us by 😬 ! It still gets to me that chickadees land on you ! πŸ€” Great pics Steve ! And I loved the chat you had with Jasper ! Have a warm sleep tonight ! πŸ˜΄πŸ˜»πŸ™‚

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    • It has started to snow a bit here now, we shall see how much we will get. Jasper and I enjoy our little talks together. Hope you have a good sleep tonight!πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜»πŸ˜΄β„οΈβ„οΈ


    • Glad you like them Richard! It is sure fun having them around during our long winter. We got another 13 inches of snow today, that will slow down the arrival of spring by a few days. But the birds were still busy all through the storm! Have a great week!πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜Ίβ„οΈβ„οΈ

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