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Re: Strange fall weather
  • Subject: Re: Strange fall weather
  • From: BONNIE_HOLMES <bonnie_holmes@comcast.net>
  • Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2011 20:41:20 +0000 (UTC)

We haven't seen the flocks of goldfinches here, either. Just one or two
during the summer. My American Beauty Berries are full and usually the
flocks of finches come in and strip them.

ETN Zone 7 
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Jesse Bell" <justjess01@gmail.com> 
To: gardenchat@hort.net 
Sent: Monday, October 24, 2011 4:32:01 PM 
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Strange fall weather 

Same here...no barn swallows this year at all. Fewer goldfinch and 
hummingbirds too. But we all of a sudden have a TON of collared doves on 
our farm. And our woodpeckers and birds went through the suet too...and now 
they have slowed down. Weird. The pecan trees and oak are not producing 
this year because of the extreme weather and drought. 

On Mon, Oct 24, 2011 at 12:55 PM, <Aplfgcnys@aol.com> wrote: 

> Hi, Is anybody still out there? 
> Is everybody else's fall weather as strange as ours? 
> We are having mostly cloudy or rainy and cool - far too 
> much gloomy for me. Colors are very spotty - a few 
> bright patches of maple and Virginia creeper and poison 
> ivy, but many have not turned at all, and some have just 
> dropped leaves. My dogwoods are turning but not their usual 
> brilliant colors. The Kousa dogwood has not even began to 
> turn. And this is two weeks past Columbus Day, which is 
> normally considered the peak date for fall color in this area. 
> No frost, but days in the low 60s and nights in the low 40s. 
> I am ready for frost. My bulbs are here to plant, but the beds 
> where I will plant them are still lush, and I just haven't had the 
> heart to cut them down to plant bulbs. Don't have many to plant - 
> the old back won't let me do too much, and at my age it is an 
> act of faith to plant them anyway, but fall bulbs are too strong a 
> habit to break. 
> The strangest thing is the change in bird behavior. All summer 
> the woodpeckers would finish off a suet cake in less than two 
> days. I was too stingy to give them one more often than every 
> two days. The last three weeks, they have hardly eaten more 
> than one a week. Most noticeable is that the Red-Bellied woodies 
> that we had a couple of families of have disappeared. They have 
> always been year-around residents, so where have they gone? 
> Also, our large flock of goldfinches have disappeared. At one time 
> this summer you could see as many as six or seven lined up at 
> the tubefeeder, and more flying in and out continually. Now the 
> feeder has titmice, chickadees, cardinals and an occasional 
> nuthatch, but I haven't seen a goldfinch in weeks. They, too, were 
> always year-round residents. Any ideas? 
> Auralie 
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