Feeding Blue Jays in the snow and targeted by a Canadian Goose in the sun

This photo was taken in cottage country in ontario and sent to me with the comment: “Here are some blue Jays that didn’t follow you to Florida’  My daughter and son in law heard noisy chattering. They looked out the window and to their surprise they saw a flock of Bluejays in the deep snow braving  the deep freeze. According to them they looked even bluer from the cold and they looked hungry.  They immediately put food out for the birds that was devoured immediately.
I thought Blue Jays flew south for the winter. I used google and learned that sometimes they migrated and sometimes they didn’t. The younger generation tends to fly south more frequently than the older generation. I guess the young like the action in South Beach and the older generations are bothered by the honking horns and bad drivers. I have a feeling this year they wish they would have flown south.
I know  that Canadian Geese fly south. Just ask my husband. A couple of years ago he was sitting by the condo pool with other condo residents. Besides the usual honking from the cars, they heard honking from above. They looked up and  saw a gaggle of geese  flying overhead. The birds must have spotted hubby because he was the recipient of a splotch that landed on his shoulder and another splotch that landed on his towel. Nobody else got splotched on. We figure he was targeted in retaliation for him flapping his arms at these birds in the past trying to chase them off the beach at the cottage.
Mindy Blackstien's photo.Mindy Blackstien's photo.

About epsnider

E.P SNIDER is the pen name that I used to publish "WHY ME- a memoir". I used a pen name so as not to embarrass my spouse, my offspring, their offspring, my grand dogs and my friends. A dream came true when I had my first book published at the age of sixty-nine. "WHY ME? "is a collection of memoirs recounted from various stages of my life and the lives of those that I love or like at least some of the time. Most of the incidences are humorous-some are not. I am a senior but I feel more like a junior except for the aches and pains. When I look in the mirror I often see my mother or some other aging lady with wrinkles and sun spots. The amount and depth of wrinkling depends on which mirror I am looking into, the degree of lighting and how well my skin absorbed the moisturizing cream that day. Although I am mature in years, maturity is definitely not one of my virtues. If something strikes me as funny I get the giggles. Most of my family and many of our friends have a rather warped sense of humour-so I giggle a lot. Laughter plays an important role in our lives. My friends were a significant inspiration for me to begin my writing career. For the past number of years hubby and I have been spending part of the winter season in Florida to escape the sometimes bitter cold climate in Toronto Canada. Every year I send emails to those left behind. To my delight they find my emails to be hysterical and a cure for their winter doldrums. They compare my style of writing to that of the late Erma Bombeck. For those of you not familiar with the author-- she was a beloved American humorist in the 1970's and 1980's. I have loved literature and creative writing from an early age. I spent some of my growing up years in Alberta and won a prize for a best poem commemorating Alberta's bicentennial year. My grade seven teacher was a large and forceful woman, with white hair and course bristly white chin hairs to match. We were all intimidated by her and thus listened intently as she drilled us about parsing sentences and adverbs and adjectives. She provided me with a good basis of the English language. In addition to "Why Me" I have had a short essay published in a book of assorted memoirs by Canadian woman. I currently write for our Toronto Condominium newspaper. I hope to do more writing, although I am not sure if my family can cope with any more of my meltdowns when blocks of written material mysteriously disappear off of my computor. I admit I am computor and electronically challenged, but I will persevere. - - - - - - - - - - - Writing has been a passion of mine through out my life. Ever since I took a step forward and entered into the world of computers, a new world of opened up for me. I found myself engrossed in writing emails with lengthy updates about my life's recent highlights. To my delight, people found me...funny! I then offered to write for my condo newsletter, and I recently had a short memoir published. For the last several years I became glued to my computer, transferring my hand-written life adventure notes to an actual story of my life's defining moments. Finally, at the age of 69, I was done... I wrote a book! AND it's actually published. People are reading it. People are enjoying it. I am thrilled! Plus, it's one of the greatest gifts I could ever give my family. Talk about a dream come true. My advice to you: Think positive, keep your eye on the prize, and you too can enjoy as your dreams and desires come to fruition.
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