High Temperature: 78F Low Temperature: 46F Sunrise: 7:23 am Sunset: 7:06 pm Humidity: 45% Wind: wsw 9 mph Chance of Rain: 10%
All at once, at least it seems so, the hummingbirds left us. This happened while we were in Tulsa. The feeders stand full and unvisited. Did they wait for us to go before beginning their long journey south so that they didn't cause us the pain of saying goodbye? We know we will get some hungry hummers coming from regions farther north, so we will leave up the feeders until the end of the month.
We expect to welcome other weary feathered travelers. Soon there will be scores of Robins, of course, and the chatty Cedar Waxwings. Starlings come through, usually in waves, though not every year and they never stay more than a few hours. A couple of days ago we were treated to a type of bird we have yet to identify. They were a very dark gray, looked like some kind of heron or crane, and had a distinctive curved (downward) beak. I saw a pair flying late in the afternoon and my husband had seen a small flock earlier in the day. Speaking of cranes, a happy sighting was of a large flock of Sandhill Cranes (we think) way, way, way up high, drifting even farther upwards and vaguely southward, using the energy of the unseen thermals.
Critter report: Unfortunately the fall/winter season tick has returned. It's medium-sized and black and dark brown. Wretched creatures.