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August 28, 2014

Hummingbirds are beginning to leave the area to migrate to southern climes. I am filling their feeders around every three days, instead of every day, and the count of the little flitters is decreasing.

I suppose the other birds are heading off as well, since 20 pounds of sunflower seeds now lasts me a week, and a suet cake may last for 10 days.

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I have heard reports from two reliable people that they have heard whippoorwills within the last few weeks. I have not heard any of them in the holler since late June, but I am not out very much in the evening hours, and the owls get pretty loud then.

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We were in line for some heavy rain late last week, but, as usual, it rained hard to our north and south and barely rained here. I don’t know what keeps breaking the storms up before they get to us, but we could use some good, steady rain to fall for a day or so to get the water table back up to normal.

I saw a special on television over the weekend about the drought out west, and I was amazed at how low some of the major lakes are out there after a couple of years of drought.

Major portions of California get their water from those lakes and use it to irrigate the crops and provide us with fresh vegetables through the winter. Mayhaps, they will start to see rain soon, or at least get some heavy snowfall in the mountains this coming winter to raise their water table substantially.

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Speaking of winter, we are now heading into what I refer to as the “Berrrr” months. September, October, November and December all end in “ber,” and it gets progressively colder with each passing month. Yes, I said it . . . snow will be flying in the air before you know it.

Soon, I will start seeing wooly worms, and I will report what colors they are sporting this fall to predict the coming winter.

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