The chorus of toads in the runoff pond is deafening. I’ve heard it near dusk as well as mid day. I suppose they’re singing all day long. I saw about five in one part of the pond but the chorus was coming from all over. I think these are American Toads.
The colors changing more quickly now. This tree was changing from the outer edge to the inside, with reds and golds slowly turning to green, all on the same branch. It reminded me of a rainbow.
The wild cucumber vines are still easy to see with their large leaves. Some are just flowering, quite late in the year. Some have fruited and the cucumbers are just greening up, their spiky bodies easy to see hanging off the vines. Others have already gone past their ripened stage and have dried to husks.
The crickets have kept hidden even though I can see them in transit from one place to another. This grasshopper was on the long grass near the path – it looks like another, small, red tibia grasshopper – and stayed still long enough for me to take a picture.
I was sad to hear that Pointe Pelee had cancelled its monarch butterfly activities because so few seem to have migrated north again. Something seems to be quite wrong with the butterfly population. We have masses of milkweed pods along the river and hopefully the butterflies will be back and be able to take advantage …
The leaves are changing color but not uniformly. Lots of green still but a few maples have dropped their leaves already and I found a few red ones lying by themselves. They remind me of Canadian flags in their natural habitat.
This appears to be a very small common mullein. The leaves are very soft but I found it deep amid taller grass and that morning’s dew still hadn’t dried off entirely.
The trees have started to turn although it is still hit and miss. Some of gone to a deep red and orange and others are still entirely green. These latter may just go straight to brown and fall off.
The red tibia grasshoppers are all over the field, as are crickets and perhaps another variety of grasshopper. I have heard them and followed a path that goes about 15 feet off the main asphalt path. As I walked along, purposely scuffing the low scrubby weeds, they jumped from their hiding places and flew into …
The bumblebees are covering the blue asters. I saw lady bugs or some similar type of beetle on nearby plants in the afternoon sun. They appear to be eating the edges of the leaves of this plant.
The weeds caught a good deal of rime this morning, like small icicles sticking up and out of the edges of the low weeds. It’ll be warming up again – Indian summer – but it looks like the temperatures will be going down.