I love September. The kids are all back in school and I have the house to myself for the first time in a long time. I do love having the kids home, but boy do I enjoy the quiet when they are in school! The weather is clearly hinting of fall and I’m looking forward to spending more time outside looking for migrating birds. I went out last night and saw a warbler, but it was too quick for me to identify it, let alone take a picture.
I often stop by a little pond when walking through the woods. You usually can be certain to find a frog hanging out there, but I haven’t seen many lately. A few evenings ago there were two–one in the water and one by the edge. I love the eyes on this guy.
I checked in on the baby Barn Swallows at the farm. They were still there and look about ready to fledge. There are a few holes in the mud nest–you can’t tell from the picture, but one of them is quite large. I hope a baby doesn’t fall out before he’s ready.
I also watched a beautiful Monarch in a huge field of Goldenrod. The colors were amazing.
We have a little birdhouse hanging on the trunk of a tree in our yard. It’s been there for years and no one has ever nested in it. Yesterday, I could see some nesting material in it and climbed near to take a peek. A tiny face poked out and scared me half to death. I think it’s probably a red squirrel, but am wondering if it could be a chipmunk. I don’t know if chipmunks will nest in boxes off the ground, but the box is so small I don’t even know if a red squirrel could fit in it. I’ve been watching the box but haven’t seen the critter come out at all.
I wouldn’t mind baby squirrels in the yard!