A Late Summer Stroll Amid Open Fields

A starting point for a late summer stroll, this fence is lined with ripened thistle plants. The down lines the homes of American Goldfinches, those bright yellow birds often referred to as “wild canaries”.

Thistledown in the Sun

The only thing needed to complete this picture is a goldfinch enjoying thistle seeds and carrying down back to it’s nest in progress.

Goldfinches are late season breeders. They love to raise their young in the sun of late summer. The bright little gold and black males can be seen roller coastering across meadows of late summer flowers, in search of ripening seeds.

At the home where I spent most of my school years, we planted cosmos outside our bedroom windows so we could look out and see the dazzling birds among the thin, pink pastel petals of the feathery-foliaged plants.

Got Your Geese in a Row?

On a recent morning at the lake, spotted this family of Canada Geese enjoying an  outing on the water.

Geese don’t normally nest at my favorite small town beach, but this year dozens of them moved in.

A mixed blessing. I enjoyed the company of the mostly fearless waterfowl – (a few did hiss as I drew too near their downy offspring) – but I had to look closely as I stepped. as their sanitation system isn’t as organized as their family outings.

It was fun to see the youngsters running along like little helicopters, spinning their short wings, weaving, and wobbling toward the water, where they would enter swiftly, then shift into a lower gear, gliding gracefully across the surface.