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.
Dry, dry, dry September has transitioned into dry, dry, dry October. The draught continues here in Louisville. This is the month that the last hummingbird will be seen . The array of hummingbird feeders is just outside the kitchen window and they were still pretty active yesterday, October 1, but today only saw one. Perhaps due to the low 40's temperature last night. They say the urge to migrate is dictated by the shortening daylight, but I suspect cold temperatures have a bit to do with the trigger mechanism. Will be watching for the first day with no sightings and then chalk up another Spring and Summer routine that we have been privileged to witness. Years ago , just took them for granted, but no more as the October of our own season is upon us.
Today saw a Mockingbird taking possession of one of the hollies. Most likely staking out what it might think is its own private holly berry supply for the winter. Of course he will lose that distinction in late January or February to the robin hoards who will overcome with great numbers and leave the hollies stripped of their red berries.
October 4----- Hummers still at the feeders.
October 7----- Last day for Hummingbirds at the feeders. All gone
October 14----- Summer lingers on here it seems and two days ago a record temp of 87 degrees. You would not know it by the current weather, but I believe the squirrels are making an attempt at weather forecasting. There seems to be an unusual amount of nut gathering and the coats are very heavy , it seems. The squirrels with their new winter coats look to be about twice the size of the same characters just a few weeks ago. I think this is foretelling a rough and cold winter. If so it would agree with the Farmers Almanac for this year. With the exit of the Ruby Throated Hummers, we have settled in with the usual year around cast of bird characters. Titmouse, Chickadee, Nuthatch, Cardinal, Bluejay, Finches, Wren, Sparrow, Grackle, Dove, Red bellied and Downey, Woodpeckers. Of course a Hawk or two will be showing up when needing an easy pickings meal. But for now at least all is well as the waning days are upon us, and time to sit back whenever possible , reflect a bit, and be thankful for the riches the creator has granted to us not only in the abundant wildlife , but also in the beauty of the season.
October 31- With the possible exception of needing a bit more rain, this has probably been one of the most comfortable and mild Octobers in my memory. Even now on this last day of this transition month the temperature range is from the 40's to the 70's beneath nearly perfect blue skies. This is expected to continue into the early days at least of November. To our regular visitors, I must apologize for the sparse reporting in this month. We have encountered a few health related problems which has resulted in many Doctor and Hospital appointments and resulting procedures. At this point things are looking a little better and hopefully the remainder of 2008 will be more normal for us.
In the mean time the outside life goes on and to close out October below are a few October parting shots.
Continuing in November (hopefully)
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