The Morning Buffet

I awoke to a fresh winter wonderland this morning – and some very unhappy birds! Their feeder was buried under 2-3” of white, fluffy snow and not a sunflower seed (their fav, hands down) to be had! Not exactly a blizzard 🤷‍♀️, but sort of inconvenient for the smaller birds.

A few intrepid chickadees tried to brave the snow and dig down to the slightly more protected feeder trays in the center, but for the most part, other than a couple who paused to snack at the suet bar up on the little spruce tree, I had almost no visitors.

Since Qiviut (the upstairs cat), Ronni and I truly enjoy starting the day with hot coffee (for me) and bird-watching, there was nothing for it but to bundle up in slippers, robe and warm gloves and venture out onto the deck to clear access to the breakfast buffet.

Yikes! It was a nose-chilling 8°F out there! An actual jacket might’ve been a good idea. Oh well … I made a quick job of it, added a plentiful amount of fresh black-oil sunflower seeds and hurried back indoors to warm up.

We (Q, Ronni and I) had no sooner snuggled back into bed before the first “scouts” zipped by. Wild birds are always suspicious of change, so even clearing snow is cause for at least brief concern. It wasn’t long, however, before a couple landed, grabbed a seed and winged off to spread the word.

And then, within minutes, THIS happened! ❤️

Well worth the few minutes of cold toes!

Published by 2dachsnite

I’m a RV Sometimer (less than full time, but more than a weekend warrior) living in Alaska, with dreams of seeing the country in my RV. I am 70 years old and married, but my husband isn’t a fan of RV travel, so my journeys are mostly solo except for my navigators; dachshunds Baxter & Rhonda. I’m also a spinner of tales - and a spinner of yarn (my other passion). My spinning wheel, along with the dogs, go along on all my travels. I look forward to sharing my stories, including photos and videos, with you.

4 thoughts on “The Morning Buffet

  1. I love the picture of Qiviut perched in a spot where he has a full view but is unnoticed by the birds. A Sylvester and Tweety moment. My girls call the window in front of our bird feeder “bird tv.” Our cat spends her mornings & evenings perched on the ottoman watching the feeding frenzy. If she begins to “chirp” at the birds too loudly our Lab leaps from her nearby dog bed to check out the excitement. Of course the arrival of a big black dog at the window sends all the birds flying. In disgust the cat hops down and stalks off. She hasn’t been able to teach Adi the art of stealthy observation.

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    1. Does your cat do that rattlesnake-rattle “eh-eh-eh-eh” sound? So cute – they are so ‘in the moment’. 😼

      Ronni (the dachshund) goes into hunter mode and is, if anything, stealthier than the cat. Lethal and focused. The birds are really lucky neither have access to a doggy-door! 😄

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      1. Hmm. I’ll have to listen closer the next time I see her tail a-swishing to see if she makes that sound. It’s funny the ways the instincts of a dog’s breed kick in.


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