While listening to the local Kingfisher rattle its way through morning rounds, a couple Blue Jays flew into an apple tree by our porch. To my surprise, one of the let out a pretty darned good imitation of the Kingfisher. I’ve been fooled by their excellent Broad-winged Hawk imitations — often coinciding with an actual Broad-wing approaching, I've wondered if that call was a defense / warning signal. But, clearly the Kingfisher is not a threat.. Maybe it’s a case of “if you’re a Blue Jay, it’s just what you do”. Sometimes with purpose, sometimes without?
The Hummingbirds have fledged. We've gone from one or two at the feeders all the time, to 6-8 constantly bickering. Last year’s record was 12 at once. Haven’t gotten to that level this year. (yet?)
A group of what appear to be honeybees (yay!) have discovered one of the Hummingbird feeders. There are 50 or so on at at any one time. I suppose it would be better if they were off pollinating plants. But, we’re delighted to see honeybees.
Goldfinches have returned in numbers — 12 or more at a time hitting the Thistle. Another sign that the seasons are marching forward. I love the changes. But sometimes I wish I could hit the pause button, for just a little while. August is a month to savor!
CrossHaven Farm, Moretown