Good morning everyone! It’s cloudy, wet and cool this morning once again. Such a change in weather, going from nice sunny days each day to being cloudy and wet each day. And the forecast for the next week is the same, cloudy with showers each day. It was supposed to be sunny today and tomorrow, such a change. Guess I better not wait for a sunny day for walking to the river. Like 2 years ago, just go walking if it’s not raining. Though sometimes that did mean getting caught in the rain while out walking. But as long as I keep my camera dry it’s okay. But it does also mean getting quite dirty lying on the ground getting those mushroom pictures. However, that’s a minor point.
It’s amazing how quiet it is outside now, so many birds have gone already, and they are leaving considerably earlier than normal. Nighthawks, cedar waxwings, most of our warblers, vireos, pelicans, even our summer robins are gone. The northern robins will still come around yet however, they leave later. I haven’t even heard the loons for several days now, that’s also very early for them to leave. There might still be some of these birds around here and there, but most are gone. Flickers are another one to add to that list, it also seems like our hawks have gone too.
Others are really flocking together now, like sparrows, our late leaving warblers and chickadees. There are at least 2 families of chickadees coming around now, that’s early too, and the number of sparrows is getting to be more as well. Our chipping sparrows seem to have gone now too. They are one of the first to leave, but this is still much earlier than normal. This could mean an early winter for us, 9 times out of 10 that’s what would happen. We’ll see what happens this year.
Monday evening I just had my screen door closed, main door was open. It was 7:30 and Muffin suddenly wakes up, scared, and runs off. That can only mean one thing, a bear. So I go look. Yep, it was a bear on the deck, bigger than the normal one, at least 300 pounds, but he left quickly since he didn’t find anything. I closed the door. So that makes at least 3 bears in our neighborhood, the one that’s a bit smaller, this one and one that is bigger yet. That’s too many. One showed up last night too, but I was already in bed, so I don’t know which one it was. The chipmunks are calling for more food and it’s time for another coffee. Have a wonderful day everyone and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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