|First visitor to the new sunflower seed feeder today|
There have been posts online from people noting that birds are 'moving'. I've seen some of it lately - sparrows, and ducks coming in, and some of the odd fall birds coming through - so I got home, filled up the feeder and stared...
I came back and... nothing. I turned off the phone and watched for a bit, and finally, the first visitor! Black-capped Chickadees aren't a rare bird by any stretch of the imagination, but it was nice to see one and imagine it thinking "Oh yeah... this is the guy that used to fill his feeder for us!".
Some House Finches flew overhead, and an Anna's Hummingbird zipped through the yard - 22 species for the day in the back!
I was thinking the other day that this year is about taking three things (maps, calendars, and pictures of birds) and seeing the things they represent first-hand. Seeing the words "Aeneas Valley" on a map was mildly interesting. Seeing the Aeneas Valley was awesome - in the sense that the word was meant to be used. Seeing pictures and drawings of Black Terns was nothing compared to watching them dive and pluck their food from the water. Seeing the day on my phone, my computer, change from 10/9 to 10/10 will have little affect on me. Seeing a rare visitor to my yard one day, and not another tells me that days are passing - things are 'moving'.
Getting close to the end of the year, and I can feel nature about to press the big 'RESET' button. Maybe it's not so sudden, but the sum of all of the changes in sunshine and warmth are going to bring us back to a day much like the one in back in January when I started this whole chase.