Good morning everyone on this bright and sunny Tuesday! Time for a coffee and our Tuesday chat time! There is definitely smoke in the air today, the sunshine has that golden/orange look to it again. But it is high flying smoke, likely from fires burning out west. Well, things have sure changed a lot just in the last week. The hummingbirds have gone now.
They had been missing for 3 days, then on Sunday 2 more showed up, most likely they had come in from somewhere else and just stopped by for a while picking up some good energy before continuing their flight southward. Yesterday there were none around again. I put the feeder out again this morning just in case they might still be here, but no visitors have checked it out. So this will be the last day for the hummingbird feeder until next spring.
There is still only one chipmunk coming, that is GPS. He is the smallest of the chipmunks, a young one from this year. So he has not been storing food as long as the other chipmunks. That is why he is still here. However, this is the earliest the chipmunks have stopped coming. Going to bed in their little homes this early is not a good sign at all. That would seem to suggest an early winter. I hope they are wrong.
But all 7 of them stopping at the same time makes me think they know something. Many birds have flown south early this year as well. But others are just leaving at their normal time. So far none have stayed later than normal. That is odd as well. My gulls have gone too, they will not be back until April. Sigh. It always seems so empty when the birds leave. But, the chickadees and nuthatches are here daily now. And the blue jays.
Oddly I have only seen 3 blue jays so far. There should be 4 families of them. It looks like Baxter and Betty only had one baby this year, or only one survived anyway. That is the 3 that come now, usually several times a day. The 2 families of evening grosbeaks that had been coming, have now disappeared. That is strange too. Normally when they show up it means they will stay at least through the fall.
Goldfinches have also gone, but that is normal, they seldom stay the winter. Actually, in all my years of feeding birds I have only seen them one winter. And that year they were very plentiful. Usually they leave by mid September, so they did leave a little early this year. My chipping sparrows left more than a week ago, that was early too by about 3 weeks. That may not seem like much time difference, but it is.
Even insects have suddenly dropped off to practically nothing. Though oddly enough, yesterday I saw 4 different flower flies, got pics of 3, and one different bee fly, got a pic of it too. Plus a different butterfly! I got a pic of that one also, though it is not really the best. It was windy and it kept blowing the butterflies wings around. So that made it hard. Oh well. It was a good day anyway. Thank you all for stopping by, have a wonderful day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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