Good morning everyone! It is a fairly mild morning, but cloudy and there are thunderstorms in the forecast. Then it cools off. Starting tonight. But it is fall so that is to be expected. I guess our summer lasted a bit longer than last year though, by a few days, so that is always a nice thing. I am hoping for a long fall with some nicer weather than last year. It was cold and rainy all through fall last year, very unusual really. Late fall is normally cool and rainy though, which then suddenly becomes winter. Sir Charles actually came by for breakfast this morning, it was nice to see him back again. And there was actually a robin out here chirping this morning, most of our summer robins have departed south now. But the northern robins should be arriving shortly, and they will stay around until October sometime. Northern robins are bigger and darker in color than their summer cousins. And they can handle harsher weather conditions as well. Last night around 8:30pm, it was almost dark and it was time to bring in the bird feeders for the night.
While out on the deck getting them there was suddenly a very loud noise. Almost made me jump off the deck since it happened when I was standing on a box stretching out over the railing to get the one feeder, something I really don’t enjoy doing at the best of times. Anyway, I looked toward the stairs thinking “bear”, when it happened again. But it was the opposite direction. So I looked over toward the fence and there was that wild turkey! He had somehow got himself lost in the raspberry patch and I guess he couldn’t see how to get out. Those raspberry plants are 7 to 8 feet tall, so it does make it hard to see, even for a big turkey. And with the trees along the fence he wasn’t able to fly away. All he could see was a big open yard with something blocking him. Too bad it was so dark or I could have gotten some nice pics. But how to get him out of there? So I started tossing rocks behind him to direct him towards the front yard, and it worked. Then he flew and landed in one of the neighbors tall ash trees, possibly to spend the night up there. It was nice to see him again. Of course, it could have been a different one I suppose, but since both were males I would expect it was the same one. Muffin had fun watching him too.
Hmm, no time for the usual morning round up of squirrel and chipmunk antics. Here is another pic of that wild turkey just above. And for our featured image a nice group of wildflowers including daisies, pinks and a Shirley poppy near the front. I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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