Letter: Sights of summer cling as autumn arrives

Posted 10/1/21

Even though we know the days are getting shorter, we can imagine it is still summer when we see roses and our annuals and pretend not to see those poor clipped chrysanthemums. I had …

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Letter: Sights of summer cling as autumn arrives

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To the editor:

Even though we know the days are getting shorter, we can imagine it is still summer when we see roses and our annuals and pretend not to see those poor clipped chrysanthemums. I had hoped to tell you that we had vanquished the raccoon but I don’t believe he has been around as I was lent a night camera which has not shown a sign of him. The big feeder has been filled and the finches and Blue Jays have found it but no Cardinals yet. Keep cleaning and filling the Hummingbird feeders for at least another two weeks. And have you noticed that the ones who come are females? I haven’t seen a red throat for at least two weeks.

The “Back 40,” once so vibrant with at least three different kinds of Goldenrod, is now a little dingy, but at least clumps of Michaelmas daisies are brightening unexpected spots where they weren’t before. A  Monarch butterfly delighted me by spreading its orange wings as it sat on the middle of a purple clump. No Monarchs tonight but a cluster of black and orange beetles on a milkweed pod made me wonder if something new and nasty had arrived. The last of the wild grapes have fallen and for a while there was a patch which smelled like red wine. I wonder if there were any drunken skunks wondering around?

Last spring I wrote and published a bird book for our country four to six year old children. There are photos and paintings by local friends of 10 of our most common New England birds. Although there are a number of excellent books for slightly older children, I wanted to get the attention of the little ones before they got too involved pushing buttons. This book is available free of charge at the Brownell Library in Little Compton in the children’s section. I am most grateful for this opportunity to distribute them. There will not be another printing.

Sidney Tynan

Little Compton

 

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