Good morning on this beautiful, though cool, sunny Tuesday! After a cool, rainy day yesterday it is nice to see the sun shining out there this morning. It is also supposed to warm up again for a few days and that will certainly be a nice way to enter into autumn. The birds were busy yesterday enjoying themselves at the feeder. There were not many chipmunks around however.
But it seems that lately the chipmunks are busy out here every other day. They must go somewhere else on the day in between. Or perhaps they stay home to arrange all that food they are getting here. Speaking of food, I was unable to get any peanuts yesterday when I went shopping. This is the first time I have ever run out of peanuts for my little friends.
I do have just a few left which I will give them when I sit out there with them. Otherwise they will have to be satisfied with sunflower seeds, which they do like as well. I think I mentioned that I walked to the river this past Friday, my second time this month. It was a beautiful day, that is when I got the picture of the orange sulphur butterfly. There are so few butterflies this year and most that I have seen have some damage to their wings.
I think all the heavy rain we have had this year has really affected our butterfly friends. That is too bad. Hopefully their numbers will be higher next summer. At the river the water level is still very high, though it has dropped another 6 inches (15cm) from the previous Friday, so that makes about a 20 inch (50cm) drop in the river level. But that means there is still another 7 to 8 feet to go before reaching normal levels. It is doubtful the river will get back to normal before winter now.
Unless we have a very dry fall. There are a lot of mushrooms growing along the path to the river. There are lots of lobster mushrooms this year, especially in one area. I did identify one new mushroom along the path, the “Chicken Fat Mushroom”, a rather odd name for a mushroom. It is also sometimes called “American Slippery Jack”, which is just as odd for a name.
Scramble, my country squirrel, was around. When I got to his usual spot he was nowhere to be seen, so I called out his name. It took about 2 minutes and he came scampering through the trees and right over to where I was. I tossed him the peanuts, he grabbed one happily and off he went to take it home. He eventually took all of the peanuts back to his home somewhere further from the path.
He must have recognized my voice from wherever his was at the start. Nice to know he remembers even though I do not make it out very often anymore. I thank you all very much for stopping by today. Have a very wonderful day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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