Fall Migration~

It is sad when the summer orioles,
fly off to their winter homes.

No more sunny day squabbles,
and birdie bickering.

When the last baby bird has finally fledged,

and flutterbyes have fluttered off,

when grosbeaks are gone,
and only hand-feeding-hummers,
and winter birds stay, it is time for us to fly away too.
We are off to spend time with Canadian grizzlies and send you cheers from your Holler summertime friends~

200 thoughts on “Fall Migration~

  1. The Oriole and Hummingbird photos brought back memories of Don πŸ™‚ We loved to watch the birds together and when he was bedridden I had feeders outside his window(s) so he could still see the birds. Thank you for sharing your beautiful photographs πŸ™‚

      1. I tried in any way I could to bring the outdoors in to him…we’d both so loved sharing the outdoors together. My son put up a bluebird house for him but I think it was too far away from his windows for him to see. Yes we both loved the hummers, he once had to rescue one from our ceramics shop. Their little hearts race so you’d think they’d explode πŸ™‚ <3

      1. OK. πŸ™‚ I wish we had seen some up in Alaska, but at least got to see a grizzly in Yellowstone Nat’l Park, one year we were there. They do love their salmon, as I do. πŸ™‚

        1. It always is a huge thrill to see grizzlies in the wild anywhere. We have been up The Knight Inlet before where they congregate to feed during the salmon run, but this time we are staying in our own cabin on the water.

  2. Yep, the seasons are starting to change. Over here, the hummingbirds come to the feeders in larger numbers now. A welcome though temporary sight. Perhaps they’re starting to gather all the fuel needed to go wherever they plan to go when it starts getting cooler. Summers seem to pass so quickly! -sigh-

      1. It’s definitely amazing how far they fly! Yes, thankfully for us, I believe we do have a few (some really big robust males) who stick around in the winter. πŸ™‚

          1. They fly up close to her, checking her out, and the males do their threat display in case she’s here for the nectar too! And fortunately she’s not because she doesn’t know how to give up either!

            1. Wow! I would love to see this. Hummingbirds are so insatiably curious and parrots are so amazingly intelligent. The interaction would be like genius birdie ballet. I have never seen this!

              1. That’s a great idea! I’ve been doing some amateur videography and have some short clips of Nikita on YouTube. However, a parrot-hummingbird interaction would really be something to share! πŸ™‚

  3. Wonderful photos. I am feeling sad too that fall migration is here so quickly. I really hope you see some grizzlies! I was in Revelstoke, British Columbia today and there were warning signs all over about grizzlies but I thankfully didn’t see one on my hike. They are pretty impressive!

    1. We are doing a bit of both. We going to travel all around Vancouver Island and fly by float plane up The Knight Inlet where we will watch the grizzlies gorge during the annual salmon run.

      1. I can imagine the excitement – we have a similar thing with swifts, swallows and martinis. They are not as exotic as your oriels but still very evocative of a certain time of year.

  4. had a giggle when I read your summer birds were off cuz winer was on its way, and you too were off .. to Canada to see our “balls of fur”…. we are headed to the States for the ocean.. travel safe, will watch for more of your delightful photos.

  5. Love these pictures Cindy – love my birdy family/friends in all their vast shapes, sizes and colors! You always take such amazing pictures that bring me hope that all is not lost. Love to you.

    1. Yes, I get discouraged at times too when I hear of wild animals being killed and habitats being destroyed. The Holler critters do give me hope and I am glad your birds do the same for you! 🐦🐦

  6. Cindy, I love your photo of the baby bird, but my favorite is the third picture (the one with the birds on the feeding station wire). So beautiful! Safe travels to you, and I’m looking forward to the scenery you’ll capture up north!

    1. That baby bird lived out of his nest that blew down in our courtyard and the parents continued to feed him. We worried about him but he made it and then allowed us to get quite to him since he was used to us.

  7. Anonymous

    Cindy, Your posts would be perfect as non-fiction books for children. Most of them have photographs and your photos are gorgeous. Your text is simple enough for children to understand.

  8. Great shots and happy hols to you. If the Canadian grizzlies are a euphemism for relatives you can always cheer yourself up with Mable Syrup (nice girl but destined for sticky end). πŸ˜€

  9. Amazing photos and post! Summer will be back and so will all the birdies. Looking forward to your newer ventures and pics Cindy! Thanks for sharing πŸ‘ ☺

  10. Such gorgeous creatures. Imagine, if they are the descendants of dinosaurs, how colorful the dinosaurs must have been. What a world it must have been with giant plants and gem-like creatures of sky, water and earth.

    1. I just posted the first of them. They are so hard to sort and limit because these are creatures that are so freaking amazing. So happy you like them. People need to know more about them so they can like them.

  11. Happy traveling and enjoy the views, Cindy! You are a true blessing when you share such beautiful and sweet birds with us, this is usually my favorite kind of pictures! πŸ™‚ xo

  12. I’m traveling back in time and it’s such a privilege. You must just love being out with your feathered visitors and I would miss them too. Hand feeding hummers!! That’s flipping awesome! All the beautiful song and colour in your surroundings seems pretty magical. Thanks for sharing and welcome back to Canada xK

  13. Liebe Cindy deine Tierfotos sind einmalig bin total begeistert einfach nur schân komme jetzt endlich mal zum schreiben denn meine Frau hat Krebs und da widme ich meine ganze Zeit so ist es in guten wie in schlechten Zeiten hab einen schânen Montag und danke dir für alle diese schânen Fotos mir ganz lieben Grüßen Klaus in Freundschaft

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