Coffee And Chatting. #16

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.

I always like to try and capture the hummingbirds wings.

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.

Here is another look at that male ruby-throated hummingbird.

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.

Young male evening grosbeaks.

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.

Male American goldfinch.

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.

Β©2022 Steve McLeod.

23 Comments on “Coffee And Chatting. #16

  1. Very nice out here ! The crickets have stopped their delightful chatter ! We could have an early winter…or not…thanks for the coffee ! And the chat ! πŸ™‚πŸ˜»β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈβ˜•οΈβ˜•οΈπŸΏ

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    • Yes, the crickets have stopped here too. There did not seem to be many this year either. Thanks for stopping by!πŸ˜πŸ˜»πŸŒžβ˜•β˜•

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  2. Lovely pictures, Impressive shot! Looks like you have captured almost everyone around πŸ˜‰ except humans. Ever tried capturing different humans and sharing a story πŸ€ͺ meet Mr Steve he is one of the greatest human on our town, and he enjoys solitude, and a weird one that hurt himself often without being careful 😜 he has a pet cat, Nobody knows who owns who they make a good pair though πŸ˜„. Something like that? 😜πŸ€ͺ So the signs of early fall matching? So it is early fall? Or we still have 6 weeks πŸ˜ƒ. Have a great day ahead πŸ₯°β£οΈ

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    • Thank you Simon! I learned a long time ago not to take pics of people, they just do not cooperate at all. So I gave up. Besides, I don’t want to talk about people, good way to get in trouble if I say the wrong thing!πŸ˜¬πŸ˜‚πŸ˜Ή So far it has been a nice fall, but the weather is about to change tomorrow, cooler and rainy.πŸ˜²β˜” But that is part of fall too. Looks like an early winter though,😬 all the chipmunks have gone to bed now, most of our summer birds are gone.😟 We will just have to wait and see what happens. Have a lovely day Simon!πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜»πŸπŸ‚

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      • People, I hate people physically πŸ˜‚ people can be really bad. I never grew up with having great people around, avd that maybe a reason why I grew up a person dangerously loves solitude. 😈😈. Too early winter πŸ˜„ oops wish the summer also begins like that 😬. Have a nice day you too uncle Steve 😍

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      • Yep, I agree, I agree, solitude is so nice, especially with no people around!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜ΉHope you have a great day today tomorrow Simon!πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜»πŸ‚πŸβ˜”

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      • There is this thing scabies or i don’t know some say tomato fever my kids got … Like pimples they got on skin and fever … Got very busy…. Kids are doing fine except the sleeping part πŸ™„πŸ™„ u know why I’m replying now 😜🀣🀣

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      • Oh, that’s terrible stuff, poor kids.😟 I can understand why they can’t sleep well.😴😴 poor kids. Hug them lots. Have a great day Simon!😁😻

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      • Both of them are out of that crankiness today. Feeling better and slept soon 😍yes I did my best to carry them my left shoulder almost fell πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‰ feeling good thanks uncle Steve 😍

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      • That’s good to hear Simon!😁 They need their sleep.😴 Children do get sick a lot so be prepared!πŸ™„ And sometimes that sickness gets passed on to mom and dad!πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜»πŸπŸ‚β˜”β˜”

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      • That happened πŸ™„πŸ™„ that exactly πŸ˜‚. They got sick then I got sick. And my parents got severe cold from somewhere and passed it to kids 😐both has bronchitis now πŸ™„. That keeps me busy lately. A week more time they said to recover. Rising two kids is the best challenge I ever had.πŸ˜„

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