August 08, 2016

And now it's Autumn

At the end of July we had one week of pretty toasty weather (mid 90's) and then it got cold again. Right now it's overcast and we've had rain and it's cold, and it feels like September.

I dunno; maybe it'll get warm again at least once. They're predicting another 90 degree day for later this week. But the damage has already been done.

Our entire Spring was terribly cold, and as a result we didn't get an insect bloom this year. Usually on a warm day I look outside and I can see loads of bugs floating around, which get inside my apartment if I leave a door open for more than 20 seconds (like when my groceries are delivered) but not this year.

And that means there hasn't been any food for the song birds. I cube up bread and leave it on my deck and most years I get lots of visits by wrens, sparrows, and jays. This year, hardly any. Usually the bread vanishes rapidly, especially during nesting season, but it didn't happen. There's a pile of bread out there now that I put out three weeks ago and it's hardly been touched. And the only birds singing is crows making a racket.

I wonder if the song birds decamped to elsewhere due to the lack of food? Or did they all (or mostly) just die?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Daily Life at 10:31 AM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1 We'd gladly ship you some of our heat and humidity from Houston.

Posted by: ubu at August 08, 2016 12:41 PM (SlLGE)

2

All other things being equal, I prefer cold weather to hot weather. When it's cold I can put on a sweatshrt, I can close the windos, I can turn up the heat.

But when it hot all I can do is suffer.

But I am a bit worried about the lack of birds around here this year.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at August 08, 2016 12:58 PM (+rSRq)

3 I guess it depends where you grew up.

My dad (born in Louisiana and grew up in the South) used to tell me that when it was too cold, he would hurt.  If it was too hot, he'd just want to lay down and sweat.

I was born in Florida and grew up in the South (eventually in southern Tennessee).  After a field problem in Germany in 1981 while in a tank with no heater (a 60 ton steel heat sink; my C-Rations were frozen when I ate them), I grew to appreciate his view.

More on topic, I assume that your birds flew to a place where there are more bugs.   Northern Nevada can support an ungodly number of bugs; I remember my windshield being opaque with bug guts the last time I drove down I-80 many moons ago.

Posted by: Mark A. Flacy at August 08, 2016 06:48 PM (ATlQg)

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