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As a child, it was one of my greatest delights to visit my grandparents in the spring when the whip-poor-wills began to call. Grandma and Grandpa lived in a remote valley of the Ozark Mountains where there were trees a plenty, and, seemingly, a whip-poor-will, or two, in each one.
My grandmother insisted that a whip-poor-will's call was not "whip-poor-will," but instead, "chip-butter-white-oak." I would listen really hard trying to hear it exactly as she said it was, but all I could hear was "whip-poor-will, whip-poor-will,..." But, I never let on to her.
I remember my grandpa watching and listening, with an amused look on his face, to one of these listening sessions. Shortly after that he began to call me, just for fun, "Chip Butter." It is a name I am proud to wear for I still love to hear that long, lonesome call on a warm summer's eve. And, sometimes, when I listen really, really hard, it seems I can hear quite clearly, "chip-butter-white-oak, chip-butter-white-oak..."

Monday, October 7, 2013

Ride the Wind...

Is it when the first cold winds of autumn blow in from the north that they go?  And, when the first warm winds of spring blow in from the south that they come?  Most of the little ruby-throated hummingbirds that spent the summer here packed up their delightful little flashes of emerald greens and reds and left out a couple of weeks ago.  However, a day hasn't passed that there haven't been some visitors to the feeders, which I will leave up until I can feel sure no more are passing this way. 

Could this little hummer be the last?  There were a few of these little critters coming and going at the feeders yesterday, but by the last light of day, there was only one. This morning I have seen none.  It is a beautiful sunny day to be flying south, but then it is a long long way to Central America.  Many will cross the Gulf of Mexico in a single, non-stop flight.  Good luck, little critters!  Ride the wind!

10-10-13 ~ for the record ~ a little hummer was spotted at one of the feeders early this morning.  The sugar water level has been dropping so I knew we still had visitors stopping by.  I will change the sweet water and keep the feeders up a few more days.


  1. These little birds hang on to see if there might be just one more dop of food before pressing on. Wonderful photo!

  2. The weather is pleasant in my area - still.
    Seems the last couple of days I have not seen any birds
    or even a little hummer.
    Wonder if they know something I do not know ?