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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..."

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Big Hat...

There has been a lot of activity around the hummingbird feeders lately.  These little birds don't fly around, these days, in a crazy frenzy as they did when I snapped the picture below earlier in the summer.  Now, they quickly perch and drink as though their very lives depend on it.  And, I guess it does, for the time to migrate is right on their sweet little tails, and they know it.  Migration is, without a doubt, a serious undertaking.    

Earlier this summer...

Really, they could stay a bit longer for they are leaving a lot behind.  The hummingbird garden, which they have loved,  has never had more blooms than right now.  But, no, they need to go while there's time.  They will remember this place, and they will be back next spring.


It has been a hot and very humid week here.  Miss Chip has done lots of mowing.  Why she even mowed the trail over the hill, including a couple of extra loops over to the woods where the muscadines will soon be ripening.  She has had to wear her big hat every day, so it has certainly been a bad hair week, for sure!

Our favorite photo of the week...

Down by the Creek...

And, next might be this one of a sassafras tree, which is already starting to color up for fall. 

Sassafras tea, anyone?


  1. I love these things in your post: the gathering of the hummers around the feeder, the green, green grass of your trail, the plentiful supply of water in the creek, and most of all, your drawing of the lady with her big hat! I don't know about the tea ~ never had it.

    1. There's a recipe for sassafras tea in Billy Joe Tatum's "Wild Foods Cookbook & Field Guide." 4 cups water, 1 tablespoon dried sassafras root bark, sugar to taste ~ 1. Pour water over bark in a saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. 2. Turn heat down and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes, or until the desired strength is reached. 3. Serve hot, sweetened to taste. Serves 4.

      Guess I need to dry some bark so when we have our Shanty party, we can have a cup of Sassafras Tea. :~)

  2. Oh how lovely to have Hummingbirds round the feeders in quantities like bees round a honey pot! You will mourn their going as I will mourn our Swallows, as they will soon leave to fly to Africa. So few arrived (it was a dreadful cold spring and many 100s of thousands died en route to here, but they had lots of babies this year and I hope they return safely next spring.

  3. What a congregation of hummingbirds! They seem to have found the perfect summer sanctuary. All of your photos are lovely and seem to invite the best of nature. :)

  4. Another lovely post! Great photos! I have never seen so many hummingbirds! Heartwarming to hear that you provide such an abundance of food for them at the feeder and in the garden. I don't envy them their upcoming migration.
    Sorry to hear about your high humidity. Coupled with the heat, it's like insult to injury. Hopefully that gorgeous creek provides relief.
    Love your sweet drawing! Hats - the bigger, the better! The addition of the dog is perfect.
    And sassafras... I shall have to try that tasty tea sometime!
    Try to stay cool. See you soon.

  5. Love the smell of sassafras. Your hummer feeders look like mine. I have been making 2 quarts of nectar a day but down from last years 3 quarts a day. Isn't it nice how table manners improve as the season lengthens? Instead of fighting they sit side by side.

  6. Oh, I had forgotten about the sassafras tree. I haven't seen one here but they grew everywhere in the woods back home (Moore County in NC). It is amazing how those tiny hummingbirds migrate so far away and come back to the same spots next spring. We have a lot, but not as many as you have. Last time I bought groceries Dan said, why don't you get a ten pound bag of sugar this time. Your place is beautiful! I love the creek, and those flowers! It must be hard for the hummingbirds to leave them.

  7. Oh Chip Butter, your hummers are aplenty! Today as I was cleaning our hummingbird feeder it came apart. My husband and I rushed out to buy another as we know how much they depend on every stop. I love the silhouetted photo of all the little darlings. We used to have a sassafras tree, but it had to be removed. I really miss it. The lovely creek sure looks inviting on this hot, humid afternoon! ♥

  8. Safe journey, hummingbirds, it was a pleasure seeing you.

    The season is definitely moving on, the trees and the birds know that - on this side of the pond, too. I see the flocks of birds gathering into larger flocks, the geese on the pond are making their preparations, new friends joining them every day. The drawing is charming, really delightful.

  9. Some of our hummers stay here year 'round. Not many for sure, and I wonder if they have feeders out, because we do get cold enough that their food plants go to sleep. I saw a hummer in a juniper tree, eating bugs, ostensibly, because there were no blooms. Enjoy the fall color for me! :~)

  10. Love the pictures of the hummers and everything else too. Nice drawing of the lady ( you ) with the big hat and the doggy. The hats do mash up your hair, but so necessary out in the sun. I haven't seen to many hummers, I saw one yesterday. We haven't been in a position to really observe lots of things as we are still working, but eventually we will be freed up to do things outside and for the birds too. I am sure the little birds eat lots of things. There was a story on facebook where people rescued a nest of baby hummers and they fed them special ground up insects. that would be something you would probably get from a vet or pet store for sure, but good they could rescue them. Love the hummers.

  11. Wow, no matter how much food I can place out........we have never had that many hummingbirds as you! I would be mesmerized by them all day! Such a lovely place where you are.....even with the bad hair day mowing!

  12. I have never seen so many hummers in one place! I put up a feeder but they won't use it, preferring the trumpet vine instead which is dwindling in blossoms.

  13. A lovely post, - my son tells me the same tale about the birds who are leaving their meadow - still lots of sustenance, but a heavy journey ahead of them.

  14. My goodness you certainly live in a beautiful area. I would love walking that mowed path with you . . . it seems so tranquil. I great place to gather your thoughts and even do a little day dreaming :)

  15. You have a beautiful blog. I just found your blog and enjoyed the photos very much. Your part of the country is gorgeous.

  16. Truly stunning landscapes, I certainly can see why "Down by the creek" was the favorite photo of the week. You have such a lovely hummingbird garden. What type of shrubs and flowers do you have for them? I planted trumpet vine this year which won't produce blooms until established. Hopefully it will bring the flock of hummingbirds you garden enjoys.

  17. Beautiful photos! my hummingbirds are gearing for the migration as well-they usually are all gone around the 15th hoping they miss this big storm coming in the next few days. I will miss them