Sunday, October 5, 2014

Frost, Pumpkins, and the Smells of Gingerbread and Pie Fill the Air of Fall

                                                                  Painted Lady

                                                                   Bewick's Wren

                                                      Juvenile Male Red-winged Blackbird

                                                                  Great Blue Heron

                                                                "First Morning Rays"

                                                             Female Northern Cardinal

                                                                  American Coot

55-67 degrees/light and variable winds/partly cloudy/0730-1015

Many beautiful mornings are still in store for us before the frost really hits.  The Scissor-tailed Flycatchers still bide their time, Blue Jays are still coming out of the neighborhoods to enjoy play time,
The Northern Reaches are still filled with life,  assorted woodpeckers are preparing for cold weather
by seeking roosting areas, and other birds are coming closer to civilization where it is warmer, like the little Bewick's Wren.  Large numbers of Northern Cardinals are choosing winter habitat, and the influx
of Double-crested Cormorants watch over Goose Island.  Great Egrets are getting sparser, and assorted
hawks are peppering the roadsides waiting for tender morsels.  With the change of seasons comes a
change of the cast of characters, so join me in biding our time while we greet new guest stars.