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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.


September 2008

The hot dry latter half of August was finally broken by an all day rain event on Friday September 5. Now with September comes the usual harbingers of a brand new Fall  season both in nature and in the realm of human kind. The great football season is now fully engaged from High School to College and finally to the NFL. All the kids are back to school in force and the warm days and cool nights bring new excitement and satisfaction to most Ohio Valley inhabitants. Notice I am staying away from the the more serious aspects of the human endeavors -  Wars, natural disasters, the Election charges and counter charges, the increasing friction between countries, and deepening economic concerns are all covered and over covered throughout the internet and the media.  So from this venue the more kindler gentler aspects of the world from the wildlife standpoint will be the highlighted subject. 

One particular male Ruby Throated hummingbird has assumed complete authority over the four hummer feeders just outside the kitchen window. He is either on guard on the array, or sipping the sugar water or driving out any would be partaker.

 

 

Another change noticed in these early days of September is the absence so far of the Flying Squirrels. I continue to put the sunflower hearts out every night , but I have not spotted any Flyers for the last week. The food is consumed each night by the Raccoons who never miss the opportunity.  This is not unlike what I have observed for nearly 15 years. It is still a mystery to me regarding the reason for the disappearance. Maybe it is the fact that many acorns and other nuts have become ripe and ready for consumption but this is not confirmed. I will continue to put the food out for a few weeks more and hope to get additional information .

 

The late summer insects are busy though and a few examples are below.

 

 


 I know it is late to update the September page, but Hurricane IKE had a good deal to do with the delay. Here in the Midwest we know we are in line for tornados, flooding and perhaps  earthquakes, but hurricanes are not normally considered a risk here. Unfortunately nature had a different idea and IKE was still a category 1 when it slammed up the Ohio valley. The destruction was so widespread and virtually closed down many of our Midwest cities including Louisville. We were without power for one solid week plus a few hours. Magically it was restored almost simultaneously with the clinching of the Ryder Cup by the American team.  September has also been a hectic month with a few medical problems encountered although not as severe as last year.

The Hummers did not get blown away though, and were back up to their old tricks at the feeders. They are not long for this area and will soon begin their long solo flights to the tropics. A female took over the ownership rights of the feeder array and did the best she could to have the whole sugar water supply to herself. She could not drive the others completely away and this combat continued even right after the devastating winds.

For the record they are still here on the last day of September and will note the date of their leaving on the October page.

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