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November 06, 2017

(Snickers first week home in October, 2015.

Downloading new graphics is messed up. That or I still don't know what I'm doing.

Until then, A blast from the past, enjoy.)

November shows up with little fan fare.

This past week has been an extension of the past two weeks of October.

Rain, and more rain with a small amount of sun sprinkled in.

Still, October was a big bonus weather wise, it allowed for things we haven't done in some time.

Early October gave us record warm temperatures, and Lake Michigan offered up some late season beach, and swim time.

It has been several years since we had water time in October.

That seems so, so in the distant past now.

We also had our first trace of measurable snow the last weekend of October.

'Daylight Saving Time' ended.

Much of Autumn's clean up is taken care of.

Now I suffer from a bare yard (plant wise), and shorter days.

Yes, It is difficult for me to adjust to instant darkness an hour earlier.

You too?

Oh well,

(Akita and Snickers, November, 2015.)

I saw a Great horned owl fly over the other night.

It was toward dusk, and this fantastic bird flew right over and landed on a nearby oak tree.

We have a resident pair of these owls, and I see at least one of them several times a year.

If you aren't paying attention to your surroundings, and that means looking up and at tree tops too, you will miss most owls.

Owls are created with a stealthy flight.

Meaning their feathers are designed to be silent.

You can hear most birds (wing flaps), when they fly over head.

Not a owl.

Keen hearing, great vision, and stealth, makes an owl an Apex predator.

Next month I will hear the hoot, hoot from the owls, as courtship begins.

Great-horned owls mate for life.

They are also one of North America's largest owl.

They are year round residents throughout their range, which covers virtually all of North America.

(Miss Penny, October 2016.)

More juncos have arrived this past week or so.

They keep the grounds gleaned quite well thank you.

Six to 12 goldfinches are busy at all times.

Several cardinals are more noticeable especially in the morning and toward dusk.

Watching the young fledged Red birds molt into their adult colors as we draw closer to winter.

Northern cardinals, as with most birds are mature and breeding the following year.

Songbirds however, don't get their true adult colors until the second year.

This plays an important role, as coloration and brightness of colors is key for females selecting a mate.

A small and loose flock of Black-capped chickadees keep busy throughout the day.

Grabbing the right seed, and heading off to chip out the morsel from within.

(Snickers and Miss Penny, February of 2017.)

Mourning doves are always welcome here.

Did you know that the spots on Mourning doves wings differ from bird to bird?

Yep, the spots vary just as our finger prints do.

Take some time to watch your doves and notice the difference.

Sometimes it is a huge difference in markings.

You may even figure out the male and females by their size and slight difference in coloration.

And yes, the is the ever present House sparrow.

The Great blue heron stands motionless at the pond (sometimes we startle each other).

Robins fill the yards, parks and along suburban streets.

Blue jays are plentiful as visits are always of the grab, swallow, and grab as much as possible, as fast as possible.

Birds like jays and doves that swallow seeds whole, will digest them, seed hull and all.

Now that is a serious digestive system.

(Welcome Sophie to your new home, July 10, 2017.)

Food will attract all sorts of visitors, even food provided by "Nature"

We only need to take some time to observe and learn from our surroundings.

Observe their settings.

Where do they prefer to hang out?

Ground feeders, or do they prefer off the ground?

Know what they like to eat.

Offer water.

Place feeders near protection yet where you can enjoy them.

Well, it is time to fly for now.

Before I go, here is your positive quote for the week.

God Bless.

“To get the full value of joy you must have somebody to divide it with.”

Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens)

1835-1910 American Author and Humorist

How profound is that quote?

To get the full measure, you must share.

"Though I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink.

Instead I hope to come to you and talk face to face, so that our joy may be complete".

2 John 1:12

"Treat the earth well:

It was not given to you by your parents,

It was loaned to you by your children.

We do not inherit the Earth from our

Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."

Ancient Indian Proverb.

Your friend indeed,

Ron Patterson

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