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Re: Strange fall weather
  • Subject: Re: Strange fall weather
  • From: Pam Evans <gardenqueen@gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 26 Oct 2011 17:47:23 -0500

weather has been too awful this whole year as you know.  bird-wise, normally
my year round resident 4 pair of cardinals all hatch broods & the grown
fledglings leave to form their own colonies I guess every year.  but this
year more of them are sticking around, I assume because it's so dry and most
of the vegetation is croaking that they might have ventured off, couldn't
find enough to eat or drink and came "home" where there's fresh water every
day and lots of yummy stuff in the various feeders.  interesting.  most of
the hummers (except one female) have headed south.  I hope my winter flock
of goldfinches come back.  I love watching them and have the nyger and
feeders all ready to put out.  I'll let y'all know if they show up.

On Wed, Oct 26, 2011 at 5:07 PM, Rich Apking <redfour@omni-tech.net> wrote:

> On 10/26/2011 6:33 AM, TeichFauna@aol.com wrote:
>> We've had strange weather all year, so will avoid that subject for
>> now........verdict is still out for what fall might look like, since we've
>> only
>> had fall like weather for a week....and the speculation on winter is
>> across
>> the  spectrum as well.  One thing everyone seems to agree with,
>> unfortunately,
>>  is that it should be a dry winter, and the upcoming summer as bad or
>> worse
>> than  we had.  I can't even imagine...so not thinking about weather!
>> I realize the discussion is on birds.....didn't notice much change in that
>> area, had lots of hummingbirds, however butterflies was a different story.
>>  One thing I noticed different this year (other than extreme drought and
>> prolongued heat) was that there were absolutely no Monarchs around all
>> summer.  Usually we have tons, more than anything else.  Also my
>>  Pipevines
>> (Aristolochia) were not touched this year either.  With the  weather
>> getting
>> cooler, I have just now noticed that the Monarchs are coming  back.  Some
>> say it
>> is due to cooler weather up north and/or time of year,  that they are
>> migrating south.     Usually Monarchs can take  the heat, so to
>> speak....and have
>> been around....true enough though, we are used  to having a week or two of
>> 100's degrees, not months!
>> Anyone else notice more or less Monarchs this year???
>> Noreen
>> zone 9
>> Texas Gulf Coast
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>>  I've actually had more monarchs this year than previously.  The big lack
> here is the finches.  Usually there's a resident flock of about 40 that hang
> around my feeders, and a few tourists, the purple and gold colored ones.
>  This year I haven't seen a finch since about March.  Really strange, and by
> now is there are migratory ones they've been here by now.  Certainly miss
> them.
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Pam Evans
Kemp TX
zone 8A

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