~Signs of Autumn

“Autumn paints in colors Summer will never see.” ~ 

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” ~ Albert Camus

“No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face.” ~ John Donne

The leaves are changing; I feel poetry in the air.” ― Laura Jaworski.

“No season appeals to the eyes as much as autumn; no season touches the souls as much”

“Autumn has arrived. I hear it in the whispering of leaves.” ― Anujj Elviis.

“Autumn is the time when Nature takes her watercolor to the trees.” ― Laura Jaworski.

 

“When gifts are given to me through my camera, I accept them graciously.” ~ Minor White

~Friday’s Feathered Friend

September 2021

This gorgeous Red-tailed Hawk was flying over my house and decided to land at the top of this pine tree. Lucky for me! He/She sat there for the longest time looking for lunch. After awhile it flew off to hunt somewhere else.

~2021 Fall Hawk Migration is under way be on the lookout for them! Here is a nice site to checkout!

https://www.hawkmountain.org/visit/events/autumn-hawk-migration

~About the Red-tailed Hawk (taken from the web)…

The red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) is a bird of prey that breeds throughout most of North America, from the interior of Alaska and northern Canada to as far south as Panama and the West Indies. It is one of the most common members within the genus of Buteo in North America or worldwide.

The red-tailed hawk is one of three species colloquially known in the United States as the “chickenhawk”, though it rarely preys on standard-sized chickens. The bird is sometimes also referred to as the red-tail for short, when the meaning is clear in context. Red-tailed hawks can acclimate to all the biomes within their range, occurring on the edges of non-ideal habitats such as dense forests and sandy deserts.

The red-tailed hawk occupies a wide range of habitats and altitudes, including deserts, grasslands, coniferous and deciduous forests, agricultural fields, and urban areas. Its latitudinal limits fall around the tree line in the Arctic and the species is absent from the high Arctic.

It is legally protected in Canada, Mexico, and the United States by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The 14 recognized subspecies vary in appearance and range, varying most often in color, and in the west of North America, red-tails are particularly often strongly polymorphic, with individuals ranging from almost white to nearly all black.

Happy Birding!

~Hummingbirds

August 2021

 

Broad-billed (male)

Defending “his” feeder.

What a difference in the colors when the light doesn’t hit the throat.

She is telling him that this is her feeder.

These Hummers have been at my feeders for a couple of weeks. I have also seen a male black-chinned, but I don’t have a photo. They are so much fun to watch.

Be on the lookout for these tiny, beautiful birds and help them get back to their wintering grounds when fall migration begins.  Mix one cup of white sugar and 4 cups of water.

Happy Birding

~Friday’s Feathered Friends

August 2021

~Bushtits

On occasion a small flock of these tiny birds grace my yard. They flit around seemingly never resting, always active. This past week about ten or so flew in searching through the pine trees for aphids and other insects. They also enjoy suet cakes. It was fun seeing one resting. Perhaps it is a juvenile.

~An unusual fact:

The Bushtit is the only member of its family in the Americas; seven other species are found in Eurasia. All have similar complex hanging nests. A breeding Bushtit pair often has helpers at the nest that aid in raising the nestlings. This already rare behavior is made more unusual by the fact that the helpers are typically adult males.

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