We have a cool 71 degrees, overcast and alternately drizzly east Tennessee Saturday. Ruby-throated hummers are still visiting my feeder frequently, though I haven’t seen a male since our resident male departed on September 15. Our Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Tennessee, by Charles P. Nicholson, is non-specific about when the last ruby-throated hummers depart TN, saying, “The hummingbird…usually arrives by mid-April and departs by early October.” The former agrees with my observations this spring. And though I didn’t record my last sighting in 2007, my last photograph of a hummer was taken on the 29th of September. I’ll be observing more carefully this year. Some twittering in the branches also caught my attention while outside and though there was no flutey song to confirm his identity, this migrating Swainson's thrush settled quietly in the hemlock that stands outside my window. It is so hushed right now while I am writing this. Even the robins, chickadees and blue jays are silently listening to the drizzle. A very wet and fall-ish feeling day.
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For the Love of It...
...the sage sees heaven reflected in Nature as in a mirror, and he pursues this Art, not for the sake of gold or silver, but for the love of the knowledge which it reveals.