After a slow start, Orioles have returned to Sontheim in such large numbers that it feels like an invasion of hooligans at a soccer game. There must be thirty of them, primarily males, who seem to enjoy making quite a racket as they compete at the feeding stations. It is such a boisterous group that even the large woodpeckers are afraid of them.
On the other hand, our returning hummingbirds can be counted on one hand. To date only three boys and two girls have been identified, and even though we are at the end of the migratory season, we are still hoping that more of them will find their way back to our little patch of paradise.
This year our orchard has been slow to bloom and I have watched with interest that the native pollinators are out in force. There are many more of the mostly tiny insects buzzing from blossom to blossom then I have ever noticed before; but alas, not one honeybee has been spotted this spring.
Such changes and more are happening all across our planet and it seems inevitable that human activity will continue to degrade our natural word. It would be wise for every one of us to remember that mother nature can easily thrive without the presence of the human race, but that human beings cannot survive without a functioning natural world.
With that in mind let me share the work of two extraordinary people whose love of our beautiful world inspires and informs. Enjoy!!!