November



“In November, some birds move away and some birds stay. The air is full of good-byes and well-wishes.

The birds who are leaving look very serious. No silly spring chirping now. They have long journeys and must watch where they are going.

The staying birds are serious, too, for cold times lie ahead. Hard times. All berries will be treasures.”

From In November by Cynthia Rylant

A few weeks ago I saw this little black-and-white warbler, Mniotilta varia, hunting insects to fuel its long migration south to warmer wintering grounds. Click to enlarge. The migrants passing through, now mostly gone, made me think of this quote…
It might be a little hard to take this acrobat very seriously. But wait a month or two.
And all berries will become treasures indeed.

 

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Julie Feinstein

Julie Feinstein

I am a Collection Manager at the American Museum of Natural History, an author, and a photographer. I live in New York City. I recently published my first popular science book, Field Guide to Urban Wildlife, an illustrated collection of natural history essays about common animals. I update my blog, Urban Wildlife Guide, every Sunday.

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Julie Feinstein

Julie Feinstein

I am a Collection Manager at the American Museum of Natural History, an author, and a photographer. I live in New York City. I recently published my first popular science book, Field Guide to Urban Wildlife, an illustrated collection of natural history essays about common animals. I update my blog, Urban Wildlife Guide, every Sunday.

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