One of the great things about fall is just sitting in the yard watching. We are fortunate to be in an area where we not only have many animals living around us, but many flying over on their way to the Wakarusa Wetlands or the Kansas River. During migration time, it is not unusual to see hundreds of flybys by geese, gulls, nighthawks, and other birds. Seeing all the Monarchs, dragonflies, and other butterflies is amazing. Click on pictures to enlarge.
They say that hummingbirds gain twice their body weight before taking off for Mexico and Central America. I think this little fellow is just about ready to go. I will be surprised if he is still here tomorrow. I wish him a very good and safe trip. Click on pictures to enlarge.
Some have believed that feeding hummingbirds will stop their necessary migration. There is no scientific evidence of this. With the long journey ahead, they can definitely use the extra fuel. Of course, the bonus is what a delight they are to watch. While they sometimes seem to compete pretty aggressively for the feeders, I looked out yesterday right before dawn and there was a hummer sitting at every spot for a total of seven. It would be wonderful if they did this when I was actually sitting out there, but no such luck. 🙂 Click on pictures to enlarge.