Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Summer is here; Hummingbird fledglings still "homebodies"

Then followed that beautiful season... Summer....
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Summer begins in the Northern Hemisphere on June 20, 2012, at 7:09 P.M. (EDT). Its the longest day of the year, hence Summer Solstice. The word solstice is from the Latin solstitium, from sol (sun) and stitium (to stop), reflecting the fact that the Sun appears to stop at this time (and again at the winter solstice).

For that event, this blog changes colors to reflect the new season ( that begins with a record heat spell here.....)  Dark green for mature foliage, and blue for the hazy sky, white for clouds, mostly cumulus ( not Nimbus Cumulus, ... Oh, I added some birds in a new available template..thought you might like that (Though I have this suspicion they look like Starlings !) ... ;)>

spring went fast....


Janet Zinn and Alan Baratz reported today the RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD fledglings still in their nest, no doubt a tight fit for the has to be quite warm in there...

Also noted by Janet and Alan, a pair of GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHERS in the same area, perhaps and likely so, a nesting pair.. the search is on ?

Here is Janet's photo of the cute twosome , whatever gender they are.