Noticed last week that the doe visiting the feeder had already started developing her winter coat. They are bright brown spring and summer. When fall begins, a heavier coat of grayed brown takes over. A psychic friend and I both feel that winter is likely to come early and strong – and then back off, for a fairly mild winter overall. But not so warm that the deer will be uncomfy in her coat. : >
I filled the hummer feeders for what is probably the last time – they often arrive pretty much on the dot of the first of May, and depart (the adult males first) the first of September. They’re still hanging around, and eating like crazy, for their thousands of miles journeys. I love hummingbirds – wonderful cheery folk. As they leave, I’ll get to make some new friends, as the migrators pass through. The white breasted nuthatch, which feeds upside down, is already back.
We’re going to put in more kale, and a fall crop of lettuce, and turn over the compost heap. Always great to be playing in the garden.