Autumn comes later to Poplar Bluff than most of the
state. I saw our final (so far) Ruby-throated Hummingbird, a plump
female, at our feeder last Thursday, October 16. This is the latest hummingbird
in my record book.
Later that afternoon I heard the first
White-throated Sparrow in our brush pile. Since then the flock of "Poor Tom
Peabody" birds has grown. They'll be singing here until mid-April, fully half of
A day later a Winter Wren, the first for our yard,
flew up from below our footbridge.
Of course, the leaves are turning color. This year
the baldcypress in the swamps and the vines in the trees are especially
colorful. The crops of acorns, walnuts, Virginia creeper and poison ivy
berries, and other seeds are more abundant than I recall ever in the past,
perhaps due to the severe drought here in 2007, when no crop was
made. Should be a good winter for birds. . . if they ever come