When our son and his wife bought their house, they discovered a treat that first autumn. Two large Butternut trees in the yard attracted Common Grackles in huge numbers. The birds covered the ground, breaking the outer covering to get at the nuts inside. Many were also in the tree. What a sight to behold! (There is no specific name for a group of grackles although they often travel in large flocks.) There are so many of them, their calls can be heard inside their house. This leads some to call the group a cacophony of grackles. They are so prevalent and bothersome in some areas they are called a plague of grackles. They are irridescent in the sun and I think they are beautiful.
Photograph from Wikipedia
This year Violet got to experience the wonder of the massive number of birds. She was mesmerized. I don't think the photographs need any words.
Here in the mountains we are receiving the last gasp of the latest tropical storm from the gulf. It is giving us high winds and heavy rains, stripping the colorful leaves from the trees. Attendance at Halloweenfest (our largest festival) is likely to be small and few vendors will set up tents for their lovely arts and crafts. What a shame for all concerned.
Today's quote comes from Rachel Carson:
"If a child is to keep the inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering within him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.
I have several busy weeks ahead, so I will nor post for a couple of weeks. Try to renew your sense od wonder in the world around you.
HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK, EVERYONE