Autumn mornings: sunshine and crisp air, birds and calmness, year’s end and day’s beginnings.
~ Terri Guillemets
This morning was a lovely, quintessential autumn morn – cloudless bright blue sky, crisp clear air, warm sunshine, a light breeze rustling the leaves. The only thing missing – autumn leaves – colored leaves. Most of the trees and shrubs are still clothed in green. At first glance it still looks like summer!
But the birds know. Gone are the Hummingbirds and the Wood Thrush – they have moved to their winter homes. The bright yellow Gold Finches have donned their winter plumage. The Blue Jays, Robins, and Eastern Bluebirds are flocking together. This morning I counted six Blue Jays in and under the Willow Oaks, feasting on the tiny acorns. There was a bustle of activity on the lawn, the edge of road, and the neighbor’s front lawn, as a good-sized flock of Robins and Bluebirds landed and fanned out – visiting the water saucers, looking for tasty morsels on the ground, and picking the tiny seeds out of the chickweed that I haven’t pulled out of the flower beds.
I’ve been an admirer of the feathered ones for as long as I can remember. I am continuously amazed by them. There is always something new to learn from observing them, listening to them, and just being aware of them.
This year, even though we have a small stream running through our property and a large pond down the road a ways, I decided to put out some water saucers for the birds and the critters. I’ve been pleasantly surprised at the number and diversity of visitors! Cardinals, Robins, Gold Finches, Purple Martins, Sparrows, Bluebirds…. butterflies…..beautiful Blue Mud Daubers….even a Rabbit standing on her tiptoes!
Who would have thought that such a simple offering would draw such a crowd?