The 2008 Journal
Mainly it is about the wildlife whose existence around our home follows a somewhat predictable pattern from year to year but still manages to be full of surprises with no outcome guaranteed. Since the first sighting of Flying squirrels in 1993, we have been fascinated by the variety of the wildlife to be observed and studied right here on our half acre. I have chronicled some of that activity for the last few years in a number of different formats. This year the schema will be simply a page or multiple pages per month. Follow the adventure by selecting each month from the menu.
Amazing as it is, we have not yet had a killing frost continuing now into November 11. This is a bit unusual as the summer annuals are still blooming profusely. This day though, is a very rainy and raw day making the indoors all the more cozy and warm. Caught this Gray Squirrel perhaps feeling a bit of the chill through a window.
Perhaps the sate of the world's financial condition is adding to this Gray's woes. I am sure he can hear the news reports from his favorite limb just outside one of our windows.
No doubt this guy just heard how his stash of Hickory Nuts so painstakingly buried all over the grounds has been reduced by half and is now contemplating how he might get in on the bailout.
Perhaps he is contemplating jumping since his winter will be long and cold with out his nest egg stash of food
November 14- Now confident that the Governments of the world will solve this problem , he at last finds the peace to rest and get some much needed sleep.
But not for long --his nightmare about what would happen if all his stashed hickory nuts were lost or perhaps stolen startles him into wide awake reality.
November 16 - For sure this is the last few days for the mild autumn and the Geraniums in this picture have only a few more days at best to bloom . Very unusual that they have survived to this point.
Late November and the birds add color to the last leaves to fall in celebration of this fast expiring season.
White Throated Sparrow
November 18 -- Finally some November weather that feels like it. Nights in the 20's and highs just 40 degrees. This night will mark the end of the line for all the late blooming summer annuals. They have been on borrowed time for two or three weeks and tonight's killing frost will mark the end of the elongated blooming season for sure.
A few feathered visitors from the little bit of time I shivered to take a picture or two.
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