Summer News

We’ve had an avalanche of email, two probably, noting that our posts have been sporadic recently.  That’s because summer vacation is in progress.  Some part of it will be spent away from internet connections and the rest may be spent away from mind-finger connections.

Racoon emptied bird feeder

Racoon emptied bird feeder

But there is news here and it is different than the news at home.   For instance, last night the bird feeder you see at the left was almost full of bird seed.  A racoon emptied the entire thing during the night.  It was a careful racoon and did no damage to the feeder.  A flock of Pine Siskins discovered our thistle feeder and decided to stay for a few days.  A Red-tailed Hawk had a look from on high yesterday, called for awhile and flew on.  For dessert last night we had a peach alpenglow which lasted the better part of an hour.  And the hummingbirds are eating syrup as fast as we can make it.  We count at least four male Rufous Hummingbirds so we spend a lot of time watching Hummingbird TV.  A little Calliope Hummingbird is at one of the feeders right now.  That wouldn’t have been possible earlier this morning when one of the Rufous hummingbirds was attempting to keep all three feeders to himself.  He eventually gave that up; it was costing too many calories.

Such news was once more important than human news but that may no longer be true.  Four centuries ago five hundred million humans lived on the planet.  Now almost 7 billion do and we’re headed for 9 or 10 billion.  The human population of the globe has quadrupled in the last 100 years!  Doubled twice!  Never before and probably never again will that happen.  So human news now matters to the wild world in ways that it didn’t used to.  There are so many of us now and, collectively, we have massive impact.

Hummingbird TV

Hummingbird TV

So, stay tuned.  We’ll be back with exciting posts entitled, “What I did on my summer vacation.”  Or not.

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