[Mnbird] Fall is in the Air

Pamela Freeman gleskarider at gmail.com
Tue Sep 10 16:18:58 CDT 2019

An anole! How fun, but yes, how tragic, unless he or she does allow
themselves to be caught. But perhaps that would be more tragic, to be then
We always assume life, the continuation of living, is the highest state to
attain, but I think for many wild things, and some of us who just assume
wildness, freedom is a higher state than mere living.

In my Oak Grove, Anoka county yard and garden I have been watching the
leaving of summer's colorful birds as well. It made me wonder if the trees,
having to say goodbye to the colorful birds of summer, in missing them,
shed their green so as to become enrobed in the colors of the birds they
miss.  And so we have autumn's colors.

I have been enjoying a small flock of zipping and darting dashingly cute
Nashville warblers in fall plumage. They are dainty and darling birds. i
love them.
They seem to find much to dine on in amongst the tangle of foliage of the
zinnias and cosmos.
They have stuck around now for nearly a week.

Every night for the last couple of weeks or so we hear swans softly
trumpeting  as if muted from our pond. Now and then we hear cranes, always
announcing their arrival and leave taking. As do the geese who must
announce the arrival of any and all and even those who are merely flying
over and may be suspect arrivals. All must be announced and alarms sounded
with much head bobbing.

The swans, when the leave, do not shout out their leaving, but we know,
never the less, because of the great plashing as their wings powerfully
beat the water in their lift off.

- Pamela
Never give up on a dream just because of the length of time it will take to
accomplish it. The time will pass anyway. - Unknown

“There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot.”
― Aldo Leopold
I am one who cannot.

On Tue, Sep 10, 2019 at 3:44 PM Brian and Cindy via Mnbird <
mnbird at lists.mnbird.net> wrote:

> Good afternoon---enjoying what I hope is not the last gorgeous day, but
> definitely a fine one.
> Have begun hearing Fall sounds at daybreak, the ones I haven't heard
> since Spring--geese sounding as they pass overhead, some light warbler
> noises in the trees, Blue Jays calling, and this morning the soft sound
> of a robin as well.  Once the sun is up, the goldfinches are the most
> prevalent bird at the feeders, mostly young ones with constant calling
> and adorable bumbling flight. Practice makes perfect.  Chickadees are
> feeding in small groups as well.  Nearly silent visits by wrens and
> catbirds, scurrying in and out of the flower garden tangle, not the
> noisy visits from early summer.  This afternoon, so far 2 sightings of a
> Common Yellow Throat.  Still, summer hangs on with the presence of
> hummingbirds yet at the feeders.
> I have a non-feathered garden friend as well.  We discovered that a
> brown anole has taken up residence in the flower garden.  The assumption
> being that he was a stow-away in one of the Florida-import plants I
> purchased in the Spring, and he managed to escape attention until about
> 3 weeks ago.  Too small, and your eye needs to learn to spot him, the
> same way you learn to see birds. We are enjoying him, although we
> understand that his summer here will end tragically once the weather has
> turned cold.  He has this wonderful full scale terrarium to live in for
> now, and has no interest in being captured.  Cindy in North Mankato
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