Summer is closing down from today …
Every year about this date in early August something happens to the morning light in the garden and the air is filled with the sound of Cicadas with their clockwork running down and of young Blue Jays being rude to each other.
Summer is starting to put up the shutters (slowly, thank goodness) and autumn approaches.
The quality of this light is hard to capture so I repeat the exercise annually – here is the 2018 version.
Meanwhile the chipmunk mentioned a couple of weeks ago seems to be settling in and has several times been observed roaming the grounds, coming as far as the deck on a couple of occasions. When crossing the open spaces he moves like greased lightening but when in the shadows and near us he does not seem worried by our presence.
Flopping groups of young Robins are mass-bathing in the garden pond and gangs to about to migrate young Common Grackles are making a nuisance of themselves.
A young rabbit has joined the outdoor staff this week and has a very welcome liking for dandelion leaves which he/she selectively nibbles much to our pleasure.
It’s not only the nature of the light that is indicative of a coming seasonal change. We have watched a Yellow Warbler in full plumage around the pond lately and we have bald-headed Northern Cardinal and Blue Jays at the feeders. Bald headedness in those species is not uncommon as they go into moult and usually last for only a week or two but they look particularly bizarre – easy to see the dinosaur ancestry in birds when you see this happen.
A few weeks ago an adventurous squirrel had found a route along a precarious maple branch and onto the feeders with a mighty leap. The feedeers are now in about their fifth location and we think it ideal were it not for this fellow. He is impervious to swearing and shouting, looking at us with a sneer so we resorted to having half the branch removed with the added benefit of letting a little more light onto the nearby tomato plants. That fooled the squirrel who has been sitting on the shortened branch stamping his little feet in frustration. Plenty of food for him elsewhere.
Gorgeous Common yellow garden spider has been located. Nothing rare but a delight to watch. She has spun a big web that is productively feeding her while she waits for a male to come along and do his stuff. There are some pictures of this spider posted in a second entry on the blog just a few days ago.