Belfair Again

Since I’d volunteered to work from 9-11 Friday at Theler Gardens, I started walking at 7:45, earlier than usual. It was cooler and damper than I’m used to, but the combination of sunshine and moisture highlighted the brilliant spider webs

Spider Web

lining the trail, a sure sign around here that Fall is near, despite the day’s 80º.

With the sun low in the horizon, it was hard to tell if this was another Savannah Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

or a more common sparrow basking in the sun’s golden warmth.

There was no mistaking the brilliant reds on this little guy which I first mistook for a Purple Finch, but decided after considerable browsing was probably an immature male House Finch, though once again I might easily be wrong.

Immature House Finch

Although there still weren’t many birds and no sign of Fall’s usual southern migration, there were more song birds than I’ve seen in a couple of weeks of walking.

4 thoughts on “Belfair Again”

  1. the spiderweb picture is lovely and reminding. the weather here in ontario has been changeable and has included evenings of 3 celsius and days with a humidex in the low thirties. i usually see the spiders preparing similarly lovely big webs on the bushes in front of my house but i think that they will be late this year as they wait for the weather patterns to settle out and more truly resemble late summer / early fall. my brother went canoeing a few hundred miles north of here last week up in algonquin park. at this time of year the colours of the trees usually begin to change fairly dramatically – but there is only the odd branch of crimson and gold to be seen at this point. there is a marked delay in many natural processes accompanying the rainiest summer in recorded history.
    it’s all part of the larger changing picture.

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