Good morning on this cool, cloudy Wednesday! Well, the sun sort of shines now and then, but basically the clouds have now filled the sky. Now, according to the forecast, that is not supposed to happen today. But it did anyway. Oh well. It is the last day of August. The official end of summer for us. And it feels like it too. There is a certain chill in the air now. Even when the sun shines it is not hot like it would be in July. The nights are much cooler now so it takes much longer to warm up during the day.
And once the temp gets to the high for the day it begins to cool off right away. We have lost nearly 4 hours of our daylight now. Birds are flocking together and getting ready to head south. At least half of our birds are already gone until spring brings them back again. Flocks of geese are flying high overhead day and night now, heading southward. It has gotten very quiet now. The birds are not singing anymore.
After nesting season they mostly stop with singing and just use various call notes to keep in touch with each other. Just little chirps and whistles. There are leaves beginning to change color on some of the trees and shrubs. Undergrowth in the forest has died off making it easier to see longer distances through the trees now. Blue jays are back, squawking, as they look for some food. The chickadees, evening grosbeaks and nuthatches are back at the feeders.
I even had a hairy woodpecker come to check things out this morning. But it is a little early to start putting out the suet cakes. The garden flowers are almost all finished for another year. There are still a few hollyhocks in bloom and some daylilies. So with fewer flowers there are also fewer insects around now. It seemed to change very suddenly. Last week there were still a lot of insects around, bees, wasps, flower flies and others. This week there is hardly any of them around.
So my photography slows down now until the fall colors really start to come out. And that will not happen for a while. My hummingbirds seem to have gone now as well. There was one here a few times yesterday, it was a female, or perhaps one of this years young. Then there is the chipmunks. On Sunday there were 8 of them, on Monday there were 5, yesterday there was only one.
So far today there has been only one, and that one is Coffee. Hard to believe that I put food out for them at 6am and at 9am it was still all out there, untouched. Coffee showed up close to 9:30am. Have they all gone somewhere else because I ran out of peanuts? They do like sunflower seeds too so I do not think that is the reason. Have they all given up gathering food for the winter and gone to bed already?
That would certainly be early. Normally they start doing that around mid September to the end of the month. Oh well. Maybe they will show up today. But it is another sign for the end of summer. Also all of my gulls are now gone. That is early too. Sunday was the last day they were here. The end of summer. Today we have some summer flowers to share, bright and cheerful for the end of August. The top featured image is a nice lake scene from our day trip earlier this month. Have a wonderful day everyone and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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