We still have plenty of hummers on the feeders and at the red bergamot (bee
There are also LOTS on the shores of Seneca lake, just north of Lodi.

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On Mon, Sep 3, 2018 at 1:27 PM John and Fritzie Blizzard <
job121...@verizon.net> wrote:

> On 26 Aug. 2018 I saw the last male hummingbird.  28 Aug. I saw the last
> female at my feeders.  As I stood watching the goldfinches & nuthatch in
> the crab apple tree outside my window, I realized that for more than a
> wk.,  I hadn't see *ANY* of the 25-30 (English), predominately male,
> house sparrows  that have been here since before last winter. Not one. May
> they not return! They killed too many tree swallows & bluebirds. The
> chipping sparrow(s), not unexpectedly, are also gone.
> I am pleased to see many different butterflies & many, many more monarchs
> than I have seen in years. Must be my imagination but the monarchs seem
> larger than in the last few yrs.. They visit my cosmos more than any other
> flowers in my flower bed.
> We're still seeing occasional young ospreys as we're out along Rte. 90.  A
> few T. vultures that roost down in the village are still here.
> My thrill was being outside early last wk. to see 6 chimney swifts go down
> into the tall chimney of the girl's dorm at the US Academy. I hadn't been
> able to be outside in the evening to see them & indeed, thought repairs to
> the chimney last fall may have included covering the chimney with screen.
> Fritzie B.
> Union Springs
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