It's been hot in Poplar Bluff today, and
extremely dry since mid-May. Today the mercury reached 84 degrees,
compared to the normal high of 70 degrees. We are over 20 inches short
of our annual rainfall, so I had the oscillating sprinkler on to try to save our
tulip poplars and ferns
A couple of dozen Yellow-rumped Warblers, one Black-throated Green Warbler, one
Summer Tanager, and several robins and jays were flying in and out of
the spray. They were active on the ground and in the branches getting
sprayed. They were ruffling their feathers in the artificial rainfall and
chasing each other around. It was fun to watch.
Several species were first of the season for
our yard today. . .
- Yellow-rumped Warblers
- Black-throated Green Warbler
- Ruby-crowned Kinglet
- White-throated Sparrow
The last Ruby-throated Hummingbird was at our feeder on Wednesday the
A Summer Tanager is still hanging around.
The yard list for October is now thirty-seven species.