A full moon marks both the first and last days of January this year, making it a blue moon
month. It's a short story version of the cyclical nature of the seasonal novel that is constantly in motion around us. Where is the beginning, the middle, or the end in a cycle? Because really, you can start anywhere in a cycle and you'll be part of it as it moves on. Beginnings, life spans, and endings happen all the time, all year round. Nature reminds us of these rhythms of return in the life cycles around us; eagles, salmon, insects, seeds, mushrooms fruiting, and plants sprouting.
Another way to track seasonal changes is by observing birds as they pop by on their migrational odyssey, or stay around all year long. Bats, butterflies, and the swallows left town long ago to find food, but we have all kinds of winter visitors hanging around Whatcom County, including Bald eagles, Trumpeter swans, Varied thrushes, and all kinds of sea ducks. And did you know we have resident hummingbirds, the beautiful, purple-throated Anna's hummingbird
? Who's visiting your feeder? I figure backyard birds could use our support as their habitat dwindles, while our human population increases. I have suet, sunflower seeds, and a hummingbird feeder out at this time of year. A great place to learn to identify birds is the free field trips with the North Cascades Audubon Society
. Or participate in the annual Holiday Family Bird Count
coming up Saturday, December 30. Details below. Learn all about how to support and feed the birds visiting you at the locally-owned Wild Bird Chalet
May the warmth of the sun's energy return to bring new life. Again.
See you on the trail,