Midsummer flowers are beginning to appear around the cabin. Even though summer is officially just a week old, the August-like heat of the past two weeks is spurring growth. The blue of the chicory flower is suddenly everywhere in evidence. The first brown-eyed susans are starting as well.
This early morning I watched two young downy woodpeckers out and about exploring near their nest hole. The white of the young birds looked more grayish than white, and the young males have a bit of muted red on their foreheads. Some books suggest that the young birds are a brighter white than the adults, but I didn’t see evidence of that this morning. Perhaps it’s too soon. When adults, the males end up with a nice red patch on the back of their heads.
I didn’t get a storm last night, even though a nice cold front moved across the area. By evening, I could begin to feel the humidity, if not the temperature, starting to lower. Today is cooler and the humidity low, so the weather feels comfortable for the first time in ages. This morning the bedraggled-looking young turkey vulture that roosts on the top of a nearby dead tree was already airborne before 6:15 a.m. When the humidity was high, it stayed on top of that tree, its wings extended for at least an hour longer. Even the turkey vultures like the improved weather!