Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Dog Days of Summer--Already!

It sure is hot and dry! The drought has taken hold and doesn't appear to be letting up anytime soon. It has been pretty humid for our area, but no rain.

Consequently, everything is turning brown, and you can see the leaves on the trees wilting in some cases--it won't be long before many trees begin dropping their leaves to conserve moisture.

The birds have also been laying low. Yes, parent birds are gathering food, but they are far less active than just a few weeks ago. By midafternoon, you hardly see any birds. I can't blame them; I don't want to be outside then either.

This is a miserable time of year to birdwatch. It has been 80 degrees at 6:00 am when it's time to walk with a friend and doesn't take long to hit 90 and later, 100 degrees. My husband set up my bird bath in our new yard and we've had some visitors. However, since there isn't a lot of cover yet around it, there haven't been as many birds as I would have thought with the hot weather. It will be fall before I can plant much and have any hope the plants will survive. For now, I'll keep the bird bath filled with water and plan for fall planting.

Good birding!


Traveler Literary Gnome said...

It is so hot that we have to provide water for the wild birds at least twice per day as it evaporates so quickly.

Penny Miller said...

Thanks for being so conscientious. They really need the water right now!