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Hummingbirds, Migration South
September 14, 2015

Mid September already.

Only one more week of summer.


It's football season however, does this mean I can call a timeout?

On Life that is.

Something to slow things down just a tad.

You too?

Okay, no timeouts on life.

A few deep breaths

It slows me down, or helps me to relax.

However, it doesn't slow down reality at all.

This is when I make a cup of coffee, iced tea or whatnot and sit out on the deck or yard.

I watch and listen to the nature around me.

The huge influx of Goldfinches right now that are so busy in my yard.

What a joy.

The Hummers as they peep and buzz by as they are so busy gorging.

Listen to the seasonal insects like Crickets and Katydids.

Even the wind chimes that are moved by the kisses from God.

Yes, Fair weather days are limited now, at least they are in the northern regions.

The deep south, you still have plenty of time.

Our friends in southeast Asia, I'm sure your tropical most of the year.

(Goldfinches feeding on sunflowers.)

The importance of buying local, farm to table, and growing your own food.

Why not?

It helps the local economy.

You know what your are buying and putting in your body.

You can limit the GMO's you consume.

Are neonicotinoids a factor as well.

So why not think along the same avenue for your wild birds and pollinators well?

Plant more native shrubs and trees that offer the nutrients that nature had intended.

The fruits of a honeysuckle bush doesn't offer what wild strawberries or native viburnums off.

For example, certain non native berries lack the keratin Northern cardinals need for bright red feathers.

(Viburnum trilobum)

While summer is still here, take in a deep breath.

A deep breath of life.

Notice the smells are different now.

A 90 degree day in Early September feels totally different than a 90 degree day in July.

Enjoy your hummingbirds, they sure are busy gorging.

The dime sized toadlettes of June, are now larger than a quarter.

Not as many, but still plentiful.

There are more monarch butterflies this late summer than the past couple of years.

Numbers still need to improve.

No matter where you seem to sit, you can spot some good insects.

Especially in the nymphal stage.

Young Ladybugs, Soldier bugs, Assassin, bugs, and Lacewings.

Dragonflies cruise the open spaces looking for a meal as praying mantis lay in wait.

Pet a bumblebee on a cool day.

Bees aren't in the stinging business.

They only sting when you mess with the nest or try to pick one up.

A Bumble will let you know when it is agitated by lifting up a back leg.

Still, it won't sting you, possibly fly away is all.

A couple of my grandsons petted a Bumble, and they have a mom that runs and screams from any insect (not my doing).

I am trying to right the ship is all:-)

(Praying mantis nymph.)

I continue to look for native shrubs and perennials to feed my birds and pollinators.

Yes, annual flowers are a different story for most of us.

Still, you can look for organic seeds to plant and ask garden centers if they sell neonicotinoid plants.

It only makes sense, doesn't it?

Stay away from pesticides as well.

My yard is full of insects right now, and the birds and 'Good Bugs are happy.'


Where have all the robins gone?

For the past month or so, most of the robins have made way to woodlands and fields that are full of fruit and berry producing shrubs and trees.

A robin's diet changes this time of year from worms to fruits and a few insects.

Visit a farmers market and fruit stands.

You can find all sorts of good things to eat and a few crafty items as well.

On rainy days when you are inside, write down the successes and flops from you gardens this past year.

Maybe write down what you may do differently next growing season.

Dare to write down a dream or two while you are at it.

Now listen to this.

It will never be more than a dream, until you write it down.

When you write something on paper, it all of a sudden becomes a plan.

(Elderberry stem after birds feasted.)

Come on..................

Deep Breaths.

Breathe in some of nature.

Breathe in some life.

Breathe in a good breath of God.

Feel the difference it makes.

Well, it is time to fly for now.

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

God Bless.

You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.

Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774) Irish Writer

Where have we heard this before?

Actions speak louder than words.....

From the Good Book.

"Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom."

James 3:13

"Even small children are known by their actions, so is their conduct really pure and upright?"

Proverbs 20:11

"Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth."

1 John 3:18

"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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