[Mnbird] Mnbird Digest, Vol 58, Issue 5

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Sat Sep 14 12:43:25 CDT 2019


Thanks, Betsy - and Cindy and Brian.


From: Betsy Kerr via Mnbird 
Sent: Wednesday, September 11, 2019 12:34 PM
To: mnbird at lists.mnbird.net 
Subject: Re: [Mnbird] Mnbird Digest, Vol 58, Issue 5


I just want to say thanks to Brian and Cindy and to Pamela for sharing their observations of the changing bird activity around them.  I regret that MNBird is so little used these days, and I especially appreciate observations from those who have the good fortune to live in places that have more bird activity in the immediate vicinity than my suburban yard.


Happy Fall to all,
Betsy Kerr
Golden Valley, MN


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  Today's Topics:

     1. Fall is in the Air (Brian and Cindy)
     2. Re: Fall is in the Air (Pamela Freeman)


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  Message: 1
  Date: Tue, 10 Sep 2019 15:43:37 -0500
  From: Brian and Cindy <bcdrill at charter.net>
  To: Mnbird at lists.mnbird.net
  Subject: [Mnbird] Fall is in the Air
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  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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  Message: 2
  Date: Tue, 10 Sep 2019 16:18:58 -0500
  From: Pamela Freeman <gleskarider at gmail.com>
  To: Brian and Cindy <bcdrill at charter.net>
  Cc: mnbird <Mnbird at lists.mnbird.net>
  Subject: Re: [Mnbird] Fall is in the Air
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  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
  imprisoned.
  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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