Hello to all my faithful readers around the world! No, I’m not talking about my blog. Though I might be making some changes to my site soon. I’m talking about our summer. It came to a rather abrupt end this week. It was still quite nice on Tuesday, but by Wednesday things changed. We have entered early fall now. It is much cooler and these cool temps are supposed to stay with us, except for tomorrow when it should be warmer. Summer is just so short. Only 2 months this year.
After 7 months of winter, 2 months of summer is, well, short. Some of you might like that, many people here enjoy the cool weather. Maybe I’m just odd. Okay, I will change that to, I’m just odd. I like warm weather. Just the way it is. I’m not going to change just because I’m in the minority. I’m going to have a post soon talking about that. Not weather, but change. Or perhaps I should say, no change.
But it is a beautiful sunny morning! It is, however, time to wear a jacket. With this change in weather comes other changes. More and more of our birds are becoming silent, no singing, just quieter chirps. And the smaller birds are flocking now, which just means they are all getting together in larger groups, flocks, getting ready to head south. Some birds have gone already. Our nighthawks are gone. Very early again this year. They are one of the key bird species I watch each year to figure out what our winter will be like. The are right 9 times out of 10. They normally leave around mid August. Last year was the earliest ever, August 1. This year they left August 2. That could mean another early and long winter ahead.
Sir George and Lady Pearl haven’t been around for 2 days. That would be early for them to leave as well. Herman is still here. He is another herring gull, not as big as Sir George. But he does stay longer. Not sure what happened to all my squirrels lately, I had 4 of them. Now there is only Choco left. And she only comes early in the morning, and some days not at all. I think I mentioned already that Sylvester was killed trying to cross the street. Cars and chipmunks don’t mix. Rusty is still here. Plus, Skamper and Checker came back. I don’t know where they have been until now, but they are back, actually since the beginning of the month. So that is very nice.
I’m just kind of rambling again this morning. Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about part 2 from our fishing adventure begun yesterday. It’s coming. Very soon. Yesterday I kind of played a tourist. I went on our tour boat and got a lot of pictures from the northern part of this big lake. This lake is more than 4,300 km2 in size, with over 14,500 islands, and 105,000 km (65,000 miles) of shoreline. There are areas on this big lake that never freeze, even in the coldest weather. That’s due to the strong currents in certain areas between islands. I will be taking you on this tour at some point so you can see more of the area where I live.
Guess that is all for now everyone. I hope you are having or will have a great day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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