A milestone, of sorts, has been reached with this blog. Overnight, the counter which records the number of "hits" on this site broke the 100,000 mark. I never thought I would pay much attention to those statistics, but I was wrong. Thank you!
Last weekend's Newfane Heritage Festival (I had responsibility, with help, for the 90 exhibitors) was a tremendous success - absolutely glorious October weather, wonderful crowds, great exhibitors, friendly people!!
The last week I have been recovering and catching up. A brief visit to Putney Mountain Hawk Watch (which also had a great weekend) yielded a few hawks and wonderful panoramas of the colors splashed across our ancient hills and mountains.
Birdwatching has been limited to the kitchen window. Still about a dozen Evening Grosbeaks coming around, plenty of Purple Finches, and abundant American Goldfinches - awaiting Pine Siskins which have been reported in the area. And of course, the usual resident tits, corvids, doves, etc. The number of sparrows is the largest in several years, with Chipping, Song, White-throated, and White-crowned present in various morphs, ages, and molts. (One Chipping, for example, has a distinct white collar.)
When I have traveled in the West in the winter, White-crowned Sparrows have been very common to abundant. But in my area, they are Spring and Fall migrants, sometimes sneaking through almost unnoticed. So when they appear at the feeders, I welcome their handsome elegance.
I usually post my column on Saturday morning. I am still catching up. It'll be along soon. Thanks again to all who stop by and have rolled the counter over 100,000.
I hope to catch up with comments, replies, and blog reading soon.