"...Another fall, another turned page: there was something of jubilee in that annual autumnal beginning, as if last year's mistakes had been wiped clean by summer."
~Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repose
Summer seemed very big this year! I am so ready to turn another page to that "annual autumnal beginning."
However, there are some things about summer's ending that bring on a bit of melancholy - things like bidding farewell to many of our favorite summer tenants - the little hummers who have delighted us since early spring, and other feathered ones, such as a pair of Broad-Winged Hawks that took up residence just back of our house. They seemed to have had a liking for the old catalpa tree at the meadow's edge which gave them a bird's eye view of garden, orchard, and meadow as they searched for food.
I haven't seen one of these hawks for a few days, so their migration must have begun. My Audubon Field Guide says, "It is best known for its spectacular migrations; often thousands of birds travel together, with single flocks numbering up to several hundred individuals." It's hard to imagine that there's one hawk among all those thousands that is my special hawk. I hope he will be back in the spring.